MEB441 ContemporaryTrends II.

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. Mgr. Jan Osička, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Veronika Velička Zapletalová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Filip Černoch, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies – Faculty of Social Studies
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! ESS416 ContemporaryTrends II.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Session title: The Future of Natural Gas in Europe

Lecturer: Predrag Grujicic, Energy Community

Today’s Europe is living an energy revolution, called decarbonisation of economy. As revolutions go and unfold, we still cannot say what the outcome will look like, and certainly if it would be fair to all, but we can at least try to understand potential varieties.

Natural gas sector has one of the last opportunities to reinvent itself as a (after all – fossil) fuel with future, potentially unlimited, depending on how fast it will adapt to this revolution – it would not be good if it takes a counter-revolutionary side. The session will raise some ideas relevant for this debate: How will decarbonisation affect the natural gas market? What is the potential demand for this fuel in Europe and its supplies? Will natural gas lose ‘natural’ and become a ‘decarbonised’ gas? Is policy going to prevail over markets? Who are the winners and losers of this process?

The following discussion will connect these big questions to the practical level, where natural gas investment takes place and projects are implemented. Here, the sessions will highlight the different layers of difficulties for pipeline/mid-stream infrastructure development and focus particularly on South East European pipeline competition.

About the lecturer: Predrag Grujicic joined the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna in 2010. As Head of Gas Unit, he assesses and reviews the proper implementation and progress by the Contracting Parties of their obligations under Energy Community Treaty related to the gas acquis. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia in 1999. He held various positions within the Serbian major public electricity company, Elektroprivreda Srbije as a system operator. He joined the Ministry of Energy of Serbia where he occupied various head positions including the EU integration and international cooperation agenda. He was seconded as a national expert to the Energy Charter, Brussels.
Assessment methods
To obtain the course credits, students must attend the meeting and write a viewpoint essay of at least four pages (1,200 words), including footnotes and bibliography. The essay topic shall be related to the topic of the lecture given by the guest lecturer.

The required structure of the essay is as following:

I. Problem statement: An introduction of the issue in question and justification of its relevance (1 pg).
II. The student's view on the problem: A clear argument interpreting the issue and a (normative) position in its evaluation (3 pgs).

Note: Both problem statement and view need to be sufficiently supported by relevant literature.

The essay is to be submitted via the IS by May 12, 2019. The essays will be evaluated and graded by the course assistant, Jan Osička.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Teacher's information
The 2019 Spring semester meeting will take place on Friday, April 12, 9:45-13:00 in room P24.

The meeting will consist of two lectures and a discussion with the guest lecturer.

The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2017, Spring 2018.
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