Former European Commissioner Professor Günter Verheugen to Deliver Luncheon Keynote at IHS Forum in Berlin

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:14 am EDT

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"We are honored to have professor Günter Verheugen, such an authority on the European arena, to join us and deliver a keynote"

BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS), a leading global source of critical information and insight, today announced that professor Günter Verheugen, former vice president of the European Commission for Enterprise and Industry, will deliver the luncheon keynote address on day two of the IHS Forum in Berlin, which is being held 12-14 of May.

We are honored to have professor Günter Verheugen, such an authority on the European arena, to join us and deliver a keynote,” said Steen Lomholt-Thomsen, senior vice president at IHS for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “As Europe’s economic recovery progresses and in light of many policy changes across Europe, our attendees will highly appreciate professor Verheugen’s knowledge and valuable insights.”

Additionally, the featured dinner keynote session on 13 May held under the theme of Challenges to Germany's Global Competitiveness in a New Energy World will discuss the future of Germany’s energy policy under the Energiewende and its impact on energy costs and Germany’s competitiveness in the world economy.

During this session, IHS will present its major new study on “A More Competitive Energiewende: Securing Germany's Global Competitiveness in a New Energy World,” - an influential report that examines the links among Germany’s energy costs, competitiveness, environment, and economic performance.

According to Ralf Wiegert, director-IHS Economics, Germany’s supply chains and industry clusters are some of the most sophisticated in the world and connect energy-intensive and non-energy-intensive businesses alike. To argue that that industrial policy should focus on the “greener,” less energy-intensive industries and accept or even welcome the exit of energy-intensive industries from Germany, misses the point.

“Policy that places Germany’s energy-intensive industry at a disadvantage to global peers will have broad implications across the entire domestic industrial landscape and Germany’s overall economy,” he said.

Professor Günter Verheugen is a German politician. He is currently an honorary professor of European Governance at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany. Prior to his present position, professor Verheugen held several positions in European Commission as vice president of the European Commission in charge of Enterprise and Industry (2004-2010) and European Commissioner for Enlargement (1999-2004). He was also one of five vice presidents of the 27-member Barroso Commission. Prior to his position in European Commission, professor Verheugen served as: Minister of State at Federal Foreign Office as well as chaired numerous committees; Chairman of the Socialist International Peace, Security and Disarmament Council; Deputy Chairman of the SPD at Parliamentary Group for Foreign, Security and Development Policy, and Chairman at European Union Special Committee, Bundestag (the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany).

About The Report

A More Competitive Energiewende: Securing Germany's Global Competitiveness in a New Energy World is a study examining German competitiveness in a world of changed shale gas development. The study considers alternative paths to transitioning to a lower carbon energy policy, the role for natural gas in achieve these objectives, and quantifies the effects on German global competitiveness. This research was supported by the Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI). Additional support came from Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI), Wirtschaftsverband Erdöl- und Erdgasgewinnung, BASF, Bayer, BP, Central European Petroleum, Dow, Evonik, ExxonMobil, Linde, Total, Vestolit, and Wacker. IHS is exclusively responsible for all analysis and content.

Download A More Competitive Energiewende: Securing Germany's Global Competitiveness in a New Energy World at:

Attendance & Registration

The IHS Forum, Berlin 2014 will be held at the InterContinental Hotel Berlin from 12-14 May. Further information and delegate registration is available at

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Members of the press can register for a complimentary pass to the IHS Forum in Berlin by sending an email with name, title and outlet details to


A full agenda and additional information can be found here:

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