Stakeholder Engagement and Energy Advocacy in CEE – Closing session

The last session will explore different perspectives on stakeholder engagement and involvement in advocacy efforts. For this we have chosen representatives from the governmental, NGO and private sectors, who have practical experience in doing so.  The discussion will be moderated by Hector C. Pagan, lecturer at the Skytte Institute of Politics, University of Tartu, Estonia.  The session will be built up as a moderated discussion between the key experts from the previous sessions and the audience in an effort to promote mutual learning and developing further the understanding of stakeholder engagement in the process of energy development. The main focus will be on the engagement approaches they use and will summarise the best ideas learnt during the day. It will enable the audience to discuss the participatory process success stories in comparative manner as well as connect their results and approaches to the topics of PANEL project and situation in CEE countries.

Participants will be asked to share their approaches to stakeholder engagement; including what lessons they have learned working with different audiences in participatory processes, including how to approach resistant stakeholders, how to balance competing interests and perspectives and how they maintain interest over the long-term. This format will be used to promote discussion among the panellists and the audience, in an effort to promote mutual learning on the topic.




Peter Rathje from ProjectZero 

About ProjectZero and Sonderborg/Denmark

Sonderborg is located in the south of Denmark, near the Danish/German border. Sonderborg has 76.000 citizens and several global high-tech companies have their headquarters in Sonderborg. Sonderborg is a SmartCity lighthouse-city in the EU H2020 SmartEnCity project. Learn more about this project here:

The ProjectZero public private climate transition partnership was started in 2007 and is today a major rolemodel for transitioning small and medium sized cities to ZEROcarbon communities.  Learn more about ProjectZero here:


Wendel Trio from the Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe Europe’s largest coalition working on climate and energy issues. With 141 member organisations in 25 European countries, CAN-E works to prevent dangerous climate change and promote sustainable energy and environment policy in Europe, supports and empowers civil society organisations to influence the design and development of an effective global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure its implementation at international, national and local levels in the promotion of equity and sustainable development.


Nils Daugaard from Project ENNEREGregions paving way for a sustainable energy Europe. They were very successful in their stakeholder engagement and triggering sustainable energy actions in the participating regions and beyond. Almost 700 regional and local stakeholders have joined the Regions 202020 Network developed in this project.


Tiit Kallaste from the Project ENLARGE– Energies for Local Administrations: Renovate Governance in Europe. This project aims to generate and disseminate knowledge on participatory governance with focus on sustainable energy, through a process of dialogue and exchange involving policy makers, civil society actors and practitioners. They aim to explore existing models of participatory governance in the field of sustainable energy and, in particular, their legitimacy, effectiveness, sustainability and success mechanisms, by drawing together theoretical knowledge and on-the-ground experiences.


Andres Meesak from the Estonian Solar Energy Association. Their aim is to shape the regulatory environment to promote the growing market opportunity for solar in Estonia.


Pavel Podruh from the Czech Off-Grid Houses platform, which aims to accelerate the transition to sustainable architecture methods. His platform is responsible for development of the largest student architecture competition focused on sustainability and cleaner solutions in CEE region In 2016 he received prestigious UN Award for helping to fulfill global sustainable goals.


Moderated by Hector C Pagan, University of Tartu