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3rd Economics Conference: IS SECURITY TOO EXPENSIVE?

3rd Economics Conference: IS SECURITY TOO EXPENSIVE?


Mankind’s dependence on energy and information is ever growing. Just as elsewhere in the world, energy carriers, energy transport and data communication have become common topics of discussion in Estonia over the last few years. The state, energy and telecommunications companies are planning their strategies and investments – a new nuclear power station, new oil shale technologies, an LNG terminal, new electricity and gas pipelines, a comprehensive fibre-optic data communication network and 4G mobile network, to name just a few. Companies should be more aware of those issues, for supply security and price are key factors in the planning and management of any business. This year’s Big Issue conference will look at the main concerns of businesses related to energy and information as well as at today’s and tomorrow’s solutions to current problems.

Time: 27 April 2011 from 9.00 to 14.00
Place: Nordic Hotel Forum, Viru väljak 3, Tallinn
Moderator: Priit Põldoja

8.45-8.55 Morning Coffee
8.55-9.00 Opening Remarks from Aare Tark, Managing Partner of the Law Firm Tark Grunte Sutkiene
9.00-9.30 Energy, Information and National Security – Jaak Aaviksoo, Estonia’s Minister of Defence from 2007 to 2011
9.30-10.00 Priorities of the European Union’s Energy Policy and the Competitiveness of Europe – Pedro Ballesteros Torres, Expert, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy
10.00-10.30 Security Risks on the Example of Natural Disasters – Erik Puura, Head of the University of Tartu, Institute of Technology
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-11.30 Energy Security – Sandor Liive, Chairman of the Management Board of Eesti Energia AS, Estonia’s largest energy company
11.30-12.00 Dependence of Business on the Internet Today and Tomorrow: Risks and Opportunities – Valdur Laid, Chairman of the Management Board of Elion Ettevõtted AS, Estonia’s largest telecommunications company
12.00-12.30 Estonia’s Readiness for the Materialization of Infrastructure Risks – Erkki Koort, Deputy Secretary-General for Internal Security, Estonian Ministry of the Interior
12.30-13.00 What Would Ants Think About it? – Peeter Ernits, Zoologist, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Maaleht weekly
13.00-14.00 Buffet Lunch

Sponsors: EMT and Elion