Eternal Summer - Energy Community Summer School 2020

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 next year. 

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 12/2020

Adam Erki Enok

Electric vehicle charging network project manager - Elektritransport OÜ, Estonia
Session III: Recent developments in the financing for clean energy 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 04/2021


Diploma on International Law, Belgrade, Serbia
LL.M. Budapest, Hungary,
Energy Community Secretariat, Austria

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

  • Successful candidate

    Successful candidate

    Target group

    • Postgraduate students (masters or PhD students);
    • Researchers from all disciplines;
    • Young professionals from governmental institutions (ministries, authorities and agencies) or energy companies;
    • Think tanks;
    • NGOs, etc.



    To be considered for admission, applicants must be:

    • up to 35 years old (applicants should have been born in 1985 or later);
    • Fluent in written and spoken English;
    • A citizen of one of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Ukraine, Turkey, including the 28 EU Member States;
    • Up to 5 participants may be selected from countries outside the above list. Citizens of other countries than the ones listed above will be asked to pay for food and accommodation (around 300,00 EUR for the week).

    Selection criteria

    Successful applicants will be selected by the Energy Community Secretariat in consultation with a network of academic and research institutions of the participating countries based on the following criteria:

    • A short paper (5 pages maximum) in which contemporary pressing energy policy issues shall be presented and briefly analysed, related to one of the following topics: economic implications, technical issues related to energy generation, political implications and energy diplomacy, legal aspects, questions related to the sustainability of energy systems. No ranking between the topics will be applied; therefore candidates are invited to choose a subject that is closest to their field of studies or research;
    • Previous experience and knowledge in the field of energy;
    • Geographic balance;
    • Gender balance.

    The maximum number of participants for the 2020 Summer School is 40.

  • How to apply?

    How to apply for the 2020 Summer School?

    • Please, apply using the on-line application form only.
    • For your application to be successful, you must fill in your personal details and to include two attachments: 
      1. curriculum vitae (preferably in Europass format); 
      2. your policy paper (max 5 pp, brief analyses of a pressing energy policy issue) 
    • Please make sure to submit your application within one session. You can not save, nor return to the form afterwards.
    • After you have submitted your application, you will receive an automatically generated email with the copy of your application.

    Applications submitted 

    Potential participants were requested to apply latest by 31 March 2020, midnight CET. The Secretariat received 155 applications for the 2020 Energy Community Summer School. Out of the total number of applicants, 138 graduate students and young professionals from 32 countries are eligible to take part. Seventy-eight eligible applications were received from Contracting Parties, 43 from EU Member States, seven from Observers and ten from other countries. The selection procedure of the successful 40 canditates was completed in May 2020.

  • 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