Mundo B, Rue d'Edinburg 26 1050 Brussels - BE


17 May 2022 | 14:00 CET

Mundo B, Rue d’Edinburg 26
1050 Brussels – BE

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The energy model in Europe has been defined by decades of liberalisation and privatisation. The marginalist pricing model allows big energy companies to sell cheap renewable energy at the price of expensive fossil fuels such as gas and coal, giving rise to fluctuations and speculation with all kinds of windfall profits. While people in Europe struggle to make ends meet and pay unprecedented bills to heat and light their home, European energy companies have hit the jackpot.

The Left in the European Parliament has been campaigning for a radical change in the EU energy model to ensure that the energy system serves people and planet and not the profits of big energy corporations. The panel discussion aims to bring together the voices of workers, communities, social movements working to ensure the right to energy in Europe and identify the key milestones to redesign a new energy system based on renewables and under public control.


The event will have live interpretation in English, Spanish, German and Portuguese

At the end of the event, The Left has the pleasure of inviting you to a cocktail reception that will be served in Mundo-B’s cafeteria

Panel Discussion 1 – what is wrong with our energy model?

  • MEP Marisa Matias, Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal 
  • Pascoe Sabido, Researcher and Campaigner, Corporate Europe Observatory & Fossil Free Politics 
  • Josep Babot Barbero, Legal Officer, Engineers without Borders and member of  Alianza contra la pobreza energética

Panel discussion 2 – How to end the gas blackmail

  • MEP Cornelia Ernst, Die Linke, Germany  
  • Raphael Hanoteauxm, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G
  • Barnaby Pace, Senior Gas Campaigner,  Global Witness

Panel discussion 3 – The energy model we need: public & democratic

  • MEP Sira Rego, Izquierda Unida, Spain 
  • Dr Juan Carlos Benito Sanchez, Independent Researcher and Policy Officer at Fédération des services sociaux (Belgium) 
  • Dr Vera Weghman, Research Fellow, Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), Greenwich University


  • MEP Marisa Matias
  • MEP Cornelia Ernst
  • MEP Sira Rego