Meeting with Mr. Eric Mamer Deputy Head of Directorate General of Energy European Commission (Commissioner Gunther Oettinger cabinet)
Tuesday 16th of October 2012:Mr. Dimitris Sarantopoulos, director of AUEB Energy & Sustainability Club, had a unique opportunity to meet in European Commission headquarters (Brussels), Mr. Eric Mamer Deputy Head of Directorate General of Energy (Commissioner Gunther Oettinger cabinet) and discuss about the possibilities of further collaboration between AUEB iMBA Energy & Sustainability Club and European Commission DG Energy either through the various research programs and activities of European Commission or through student traineeships.
Mr. Mamer was very interested in hearing about the initiatives of AUEB iMBA Energy & Sustainability Club in Greece and expressed his fervent support and consideration in this attempt which broadens the horizons of Greek AUEB students concerning current tendencies in energy, environment & sustainable development.
Mr. Sarantopoulos described and analyzed to Mr. Mamer the vision of AUEB Energy & Sustainability Club, which is to create a knowledge exchange platform between academia, market players and policy makers regarding the modern research challenges and current hotly debated issues in energy, environment, climate change and sustainable development in Greece and Europe.
Mr. Mamer congratulated Mr. Sarantopoulos for this so important activity inside Athens University of Economics and Business and stressed the importance of research and development during these difficult times of crisis. Innovation and competitiveness are two very important parameters in order to approach solutions in the short – term.
Afterwards, Mr. Mamer referred to the challenges of European Energy Policy which are sustainable energy production, the creation of the internal energy market, the smart grids, the energy security, the renewable resources, the energy infrastructures, the energy efficiency e.t.c. Only by working in close collaboration, European Union Member States and European industry can develop energy sectors which best meet the needs of citizens and our economy, whilst minimizing damage to our environment.
Finally, Mr. Mamer found AUEB Energy & Sustainability Club newsletter ground-breaking and promised to communicate with AUEB Energy & Sustainability Club members in the near future, through the forthcoming newsletters, writing an article about the EC innovative energy policies.
Mr. Sarantopoulos thanked and transferred the gratitude, on behalf of all the club members, to Mr. Mamer for the constructive meeting which signs a new era in the relationship between AUEB Energy & Sustainability Club and European Commission DG Energy.
Meeting with Mrs. Chrysoula Argyriou Policy Officer DG Energy & Transport, Europena Commission
Mr. Dimitris Sarantopoulos director of AUEB Energy & Sustainability Club also had a unique chance, Tuesday 16th of October 2012 to meet, in European Commission (Brussels), Mrs. Chrysoula Argyriou, Policy Officer in DG Energy & Transport, responsible for the Internal Electricity & Gas market in Europe.
Mr. Sarantopoulos described to Mrs. Argyriou the vision of AUEB Energy & Sustainability Club, which is to create a knowledge exchange platform between academia, market players and policy makers.
Mrs. Argyriou congratulated all the students for this so important initiative which is a clear sign that the AUEB students are committed to new ideas and innovation.
Afterwards, she promised to support this attempt by sharing her experience in energy policy issues with the club members through regularly writing for the montly newsletter and participating in Energy & Sustainability forthcoming events.
AUEB iMBA Energy & Sustainability Club, the first business school Energy & Sustainability Club in Europe, will continue to build cooperation bridges with European Commission executives in order to create opportunities for its members and all AUEB students.