Eternal Summer - Energy Community Summer School 2020 - 2021

Fifth Summer School 2020 / 2021

On 4 June 2020, the Secretariat informed all participants and speakers about our decision to postpone the 2020 Summer School to year 2021. 

To gap the time in between, the Energy Community Summer School is pleased to announce the creation of our “Eternal Summer – Energy Community Summer School Webinar” and to invite you to  a series of webinars in the coming months.

Eternal Summer – Energy Community Summer School Webinar Series

Topic Date Lecturer Position

Session I: Connecting Offshore Wind Energy - Practical and Regulatory Considerations



PhD Researcher, Groningen University, the Netherlands
Session II: Hydrogen vs. electric cars 01.12.2020

Adam Erki Enok

Electric vehicle charging network project manager - Elektritransport OÜ, Estonia
Session III: Recent developments in the financing for clean energy 25.02.2021


Assistant Professor, School of Transnational Law - Peking University; Senior Research Fellow, Transnational Law Institute, King's College London; Vice-Chair, Technology Executive Committee, UN Climate Change
Session IV: The enforcement of the national plans and targets 28.04.2021

Grbic, Lisse van Vliet

Qualified lawyer, with LL.M. in European and International Business Law, Grbic works on the project "Heating and Cooling Network" in the Secretariat. A post-graduate from the College of Europe, van Vliet works on gas market liberalization and integration at the Energy Community Secretariat.

Session V: Energy and climate law - external dimensions of the EU's energy and climate policy 29.06.2021


LL.M. Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Regional Programme Advisor at GIZ Office South Caucasus, Georgia

  • Postponement

    Postponement of the Fifth Summer School 2020

    Fifth Summer School 2020 

    After thorough considerations and a close monitoring of the travel restrictions during the past weeks, we informed on 4 June 2020 all participants and speakers about our decision to postpone the 2020 Summer School to next year.

    We made all possible efforts to maintain the Summer School project despite the ongoing crisis. But the degree of uncertainty, the health risks it could represent and the measures put in place across Europe since the beginning of the pandemic, and particularly affecting our contracting parties, have make the organisation of this year project too high a risk.

    As of 4 June 2020, we are still lacking a perspective when it comes to the future evolutions of travel restrictions, to wait longer would undermine our capabilities to deliver a Summer School of highest quality at very short notice. To maintain the project could also represent a risk, for the health of participants and speakers when organizing it. Access to Austria remains highly restricted. Even if access is now guaranteed for a growing number of neighbouring states, citizens from non-EU/EEA countries are still prohibited entry into Austria. Finally there remains the risk of a second wave of the pandemic.

    Given the high degree and nature of these uncertainties and the health and logistic risks associated, that convinced us to take the hard but ultimately inevitable decision to cancel our Summer School 2020.

    This decision does not influence the participant’s selection (40) and we will guarantee (to each of them) a place in the next Energy Community Summer School edition which will be taking place in Telč of the Czech Republic on 21-28 August 2021.


    Masaryk University Center Telč, Telč, Czech Republic


    21-28 August 2021

    Duration: 1 week
    Organizer: Energy Community Secretariat
    Credits: 3 ECTS (for masters students)
    Application deadline: online only, by 31 March 2021 midnight CET (closed)

    No tuition fee is required

    Accommodation: Masaryk University Center Telč, Telč, Czech Republic
    (see MUNI Telc flyer)
  • Syllabus


    Like in the past four years, the Energy Community Summer School focuses on energy sectors in transition, in particular in South Eastern and Eastern Europe. The programme takes into account the broader geographical context in Europe and possibly beyond and will go beyond a mere training programme for energy-related topics. It allows participants to understand the energy sectors in their full complexity and provide them a platform for exchange and contribution to shaping the sectors’ future.

    The Summer School will cover

    • scientific,
    • legal,
    • economic,
    • cultural,
    • political as well as,
    • technical aspects

    of the energy supply chain and include both theoretical elements and practical training through case studies and mock cases.  The best group will receive an award.

    The Energy Community Summer School programme offers a combination of course work, guest lectures and social / cultural activities. During the training, participants will attend lectures taught by high-level scholars from academia as well as experts and practitioners from  leading energy companies etc. The social / cultural activities include a welcome reception at the Telč Castle and a guided tour of the city's UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites.

  • Benefits


    Benefits of attending the Energy Community Summer School:

    • ECTS credits1 - the Energy Community Summer School is accredited in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System. Students participating in the Summer School will have a chance to earn 3 ECTS points.
    • Experience abroad - studying in a different country is a great experience and gives the possibility to gain international experience, which is important for the job market etc.
    • Get to know the countries of the Energy Community, their culture and people in addition to their energy sectors – the Summer School will not only be about academic experience, but will also give the participants the opportunity to get to know fellows from different countries and experience different cultures.
    • Knowledge outcome – after finalising the Summer School, the participants will better understand the science, policy and regulation of energy markets in transition. They will understand the challenges behind the implementation of European aspects of energy law and regulation and be able to combine different disciplines and approaches underpinning energy-related projects and reforms.

    1 Students who wish to receive ECTS credits will need to contact their university. The approval of the credits as well as their exact amount depends on the decision of the students' home institution.

  • Partners

    Energy Community Summer School Partners

    The 2020 edition is organized by the Energy Community Secretariat in cooperation with the Visegrad Fund and Masaryk University from Brno, Czech Republic.

    Polis University, Tirana; Jagiellonian University, Krakow; Masaryk University, Brno; Comenius University, Bratislava; REKK, Budapest; have acted as project partners since 2016.



    The project was organized by the Energy Community Secretariat in cooperation with:

    Project partners