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Is EU funding opportunities administration an art?

We had the chance to meet volunteers and experts from Youth Business Network, an active group of young people based in Komotini a city in the region of East Macedonia and Thrace, northeastern Greece but with a global vision and activity.  YBN , is a network  of young people active around the world aimed to contribute to competitiveness and regional growth through an entrepreneurial mind-set in the next generation. The potential partners in this endeavour include educational institutions, embassies in host countries, governments, private sector and individuals. It will be achieved by creating awareness, organising debates, providing opportunities for practical business start-ups and facilitating peer partnerships. Founder Nikolaos Kostopoulos says the organisation will be a platform from which to provide moral and directional support to young people as they foster the necessary business skills to pursue their goals.

To promote youth employment and entrepreneurship, the EU and its member countries work together to:

  • Address the concerns of young people in employment strategies
  • Invest in the skills employers look for
  • Develop career guidance and counselling services
  • Promote opportunities to work and train abroad
  • Support quality internships/apprenticeships
  • Improve childcare and shared family responsibilities
  • Encourage entrepreneurship

In order to achieve those aims EU is supporting young people with various grant to invest to their ideas.

The EU does provide some significant opportunities, but it does have quite strict rules and criteria, and will not be relevant to all organisations in these sectors.  However, there are many beneficiaries which have received significant funding from one or more of these sources for their projects and initiatives.  

Youth entrepreneurship is high on the EU political agenda as a tool to combat youth unemployment and social exclusion as well as stimulating innovation among young people:

Youth work and non-formal learning play an important role in developing the creative and innovative potential of young people including entrepreneurial skills. Youth policy and programmes at EU and national level support this:

Youth Business Network has recently organized a training course under Erasmus Plus+ sponsored by the Greek National Agency called ” How to Administrate EU Grants more effectively ”  that took place in Greece. During that training 25 young people had the chance to practise the following skills :

  • What does a European commission appointed proposal evaluator typically look for?
  • What you need to remember when filling out the application? DOs and DONTs
  • Writing a winning proposal, live demo, taking a case study of a typical EU grant application and his idea, a detailed step-by-step demonstration of how to write a proposal with high chances of winning

YBN is intended to assist grant beneficiaries in the implementation of their grant projects in financed from EC. This training  tries to provide practical information on the implementation and procedures related to financial management, reporting and accounting in line with EU financial regulation

One of the main beliefs that has been the acrual factor for the implementation of this project was that EU funds are used for direct access by a small circle of practitioners, though these grants are a real opportunity for the financing of all projects with a European dimension. Mastering Eu funding techniques ensures a valuable skill for your career and are essential for the development of your organization leverage.

Below you can find some observations participants have synopsised during this training course and they are useful not only for EU grants applications but from private donors-sponsors -investors :

The purpose of a proposal

● Ask for money ● Inspire donors ● Inform ● Share your vision ● Build a relationship ● Communicate your success Explain why your project is important and different. Focus on the future, not something you’ve already done. MANAGEMENT RELATIONS IDEATION



Final Advice

1. Proofread 2. Organize your proposal to make it easier to read . 3. Don’t include color, staples, fancy, bindings or special materials Researching foundations

● Identify nonprofit organizations that are similar to yours ● Conduct research using Foundation Center ( of European Foundation Center ( ● First contact those foundation that have similar interest ● You don’t need to be a great writer to write a great proposal 2

Become a better storyte

Make sure you write proposal (for a future need) , not a report or something that has already been accompished or founded.

For more information you can visit Youth Business Network’s website or stay up to date with their news through their official facebook page

RemoteYear — travel and work with digital nomads— kicks off in Prague

Remote year is a new one year program where you travel around the world with 70+ interesting people while working remotely. It was kicked off in PRAGUE this month. A very cool concept that might become a pioneer of the way how people work in the future. Many people want to do this, but they don’t because it’s scary. But you don’t need to be at a certain desk anymore, or in a certain city anymore.

Remote year allows participants to enjoy all of the benefits of traveling without any of the risks. The program will spend one month in 12 different locations through the world. This will give participants an opportunity to deeply connect with the local culture and business ecosystems through bursts of stability, while remaining short enough to avoid growing stale.

“Things are off to a fabulous start in Prague. Everyone got here safely, and the community got to know each other extremely quickly. Prague has been a perfect place to start our journey together — the beautiful buildings, great food, scenic walks, and evening activities are all things our community has fully immersed itself in. We are working hard, exploring the city, meeting new people, and having a blast. Next stop: Ljubljana,” Remote Year cofounder Sam Pessin told me.


Are you interested to turn crisis into opportunity ?

Nikos Kostopoulos  , a digital nomad entreprneur has announced via his linkedin account he is starting private coaching sessions related to startups .He will start online but he will proceed with real time classes coaching based in Paros island Greece where several entrepreneurs will meet and they will have the opportunity to cooperate and launch their business.



Investment opportunities in startup market

  • Managing Self: Resolve personal challenges that interfere with your business focus. Set better work-life boundaries. Improve your productivity and how you prioritize your time. Regulate your stress and emotions more effectively. Build a more resilient mindset. Engage more productively in conflict.
  • Leading The Team: Expand your skillset for recruiting and motivating your team. Hire more thoughtfully and fire more decisively. Experiment with more effective ways to delegate and empower your teammates.
  • Engaging Investors: Improve your networking and investor outreach strategy for raising your next round. Devise an approach to more powerfully “lead” your existing investors and advisors during board meetings.
  • Begin managing your time, then set goals to achieve like the rich.
  • Create your own personal financial statements to track your money.
  • Recognize the CASHFLOW patterns of the poor, middle class, and rich.
  • Understand the different financial markets and products and assess which ones best fit your financial goals.
  • Learn how to conduct fundamental and technical analysis of a stock.
  • Discover the power and protection of investing with options.
  • Identify risk management strategies of investing in commodities, futures, foreign currency exchange and other investment alternatives.

How Komotini , a small city in Greece can host a huge free market conference ?

The Free Market Road Show® – Komotini

How to Create Growth? Entrepreneurs wanted

A journey across Europe and the Caucasus with the message of Freedom and Sound Economy

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of secular stagnation. What recipe does Europe need to

change the declining trend? Can Europe dream of a decade of robust economic growth? This could

definitely trigger positive effects in more areas than the obvious. To higher standards of living we

should add a cleaner environment and the elimination of the remaining pockets of poverty. But do

Europeans –and their political elites in particular– have what it takes to achieve positive economic


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Startup entrepreneurship is not only hard working , but partying as well !


Happy New Year! We hope you had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and are excited to dive into 2015. Like most of you we have had an exciting, exhausting and overall crazy since 2012 at . We wanted to give everyone a quick roundup of how our year went and what is coming up in 2015 .

What’s next in 2015?

  • Continued improvement of our content and growth online. Our new verticals will be especially important as we develop them and gather feedback.
  • At least four new trips in collaboration with Youth Business Network  You can already signup for information on our website
  • Lookout for the launch of at least two more online platforms to join the Startupconcepts media !

There’s nothing like having a gun stuck in your face to focus your mind on whether it might be time to make a fresh start.

The tradition of New Year’s Eve celebrations can be dated back to the Romans. And, as we anticipate what’s to come, there is no better way to acknowledge the achievements of our past year than with a blow-out bash .Our admin has been invited  to the most promising Greek -entreprenerurial party hosted by Nikolas Koklonis -CEO of Airfastitickets , the most ambitious Greek startup company which has spreading activities all over the world  .His  house  has been transformed into a concert hall  where each level promises to take revellers to a new destination.Celebrities , journalists and succesful businessmen have been invited and had fun while networking until the very first morning hours. Great firework displays , the finest dining experience , 4 different music concerts for all preferences and the most lucrative part , champagne and inspiring coctails during the most   famous New Year’s Eve extravaganzas that are organized in Athens


Our admin Nikos Kostopoulos with Nikolas Koklonis , George Karavatakis , and Vivian Kostopoulou







YBN :Τα σχέδια για την επέκταση από το Κατάρ μέχρι της ΗΠΑ

Μία από τις πιο δραστήριες οργανώσεις νέων της Ελλάδας, η  Youth Business Network φαίνεται να έχει βάλει πολύ υψηλά τον πήχη σχεδιάζοντας την επέκταση της , από το Κατάρ μέχρι τις ΗΠΑ .Τα στελέχη της αλλάζουν το ένα αεροπλάνο μετά το άλλο και κάνουν διεθνείς επαφές για την εξασφάλιση επενδύσεων στην Ελλάδα , την δημιουργία θέσεων εργασίας , την παροχή εκπαιδευτικών υποτροφιών από διεθνή ινστιτούτα του εξωτερικού αλλά και την δημιουργία  ενός forum νέων επιχειρηματιών με ειδικούς τεχνοκράτες .


Ιδρύθηκε πριν από τέσσερα χρόνια από μια περιπέτεια των ιδρυτικών στελεχών της , Νίκο Κωστόπουλο και την Μαρία Αραμπατζή στην Kastamonu της Τουρκίας στα πλαίσια ευρωπαϊκού προγράμματος που παρακολουθούσαν σε συνεργασία με το Πανεπιστήμιο της Άγκυρας .Βλέποντας το κενό που υπήρχε στον χώρο της μη τυπικής εκπαίδευσης στην Ελλάδα , αποφάσισαν   όντας νέοι που είναι ενεργοί στην κοινωνία  να απευθυνθούν και σε άλλους  δημιουργικούς νέους .Όπως δηλώνουν σε συνεντεύξεις τους,  σκοπός τους είναι η προώθηση κουλτούρας δημιουργίας θέσεων εργασίας αντί αναζήτησης αυτών . Πως θα το πετύχουν αυτό  ,μα φυσικά ενημερώνοντας και εκπαιδεύοντας νέους επιχειρηματίες και  φυσικά φέρνοντας του σε επαφή με καταξιωμένους επαγγελματίες που μπορούν να τους βοηθήσουν .

Ο πρόεδρος της οργάνωσης Νίκος Κωστόπουλος , νέος επιχειρηματίας και απόφοιτος του Δημοκρίτειου Πανεπιστημίου Θράκης είναι στέλεχος σε πληθώρα μη κυβερνητικών οργανώσεων στην Ελλάδα και στην Ευρώπη , ενώ είναι το άτομο που εξασφαλίζει μέσω του Lobbying τις διεθνείς συνεργασίες της οργάνωσης . Πως στην ηλικία των 23 καταφέρνει να εδραιώσει συνεργασίες με εταιρικούς κολοσσούς , αμερικάνικα ινστιτούτα και επιχειρηματίες της Μέσης Ανατολής , ο ίδιος μας το εξηγεί στην δύναμη που αντλεί από το ανθρώπινο δυναμικό της οργάνωσης .Συνοδοιπόρος σε αυτό βρίσκεται η στενή του συνεργάτης Μαρία Αραμπατζή , πολιτικη επιστήμονας και υπεύθυνη ανθρώπινου δυναμικού στην YBN , η οποία προσπαθεί να αξιοποιήσει τους ανθρώπινους πόρους της οργάνωσης όσο πιο αποτελεσματικά μπορεί .Στην ερώτηση που της απευθύναμε , πως μπορεί η οργάνωση να προσελκύει πενήντα ως εκατό εθελοντές σε κάθε εκδήλωση απαντάει πως σημαντικό στοιχείο είναι η επιβράβευση που προσφέρουν στους εθελοντές ,είτε αυτή μεταφράζεται με δωρεάν συμμετοχή σε διεθνή συνέδρια είτε εταιρικά δώρα που προσφέρουν οι χορηγοί  της YBN


Ο πρόεδρος της οργάνωσης Νίκος Κωστόπουλος με την υπεύθυνη Ανθρώπινων πόρων Μαρία Αραμπατζή


Έχοντας στο ενεργητικό τους , την διοργάνωση μεγάλων συνεδρίων όπως το RestartBalkans που έχει βραβευθεί διεθνώς ,το Greek Turkish Economy Forum ,η ακαδημία της YBN διοργανώνει σχεδόν μηνιαίες εκπαιδεύσεις νέων έχοντας στείλει νέους σε Βρυξέλλες , Μιλάνο , Βερολίνο , Κωνσταντινούπολη , Κύπρο  , Ουαλία μέχρι και το μακρινό Ταλίν της Εσθονίας .Υπολογίζεται πως πάνω από 500 νέοι έχουν επωφεληθεί από τα σεμινάρια της YBN δηλώνει ο υπεύθυνος σεμιναρίων της οργάνωσης Άγκελος Κασκάνης , πλέον υποψήφιος διδάκτορας του ΔΠΘ . Συνεργασία υπάρχει και με την Ευρωπαϊκή ένωση  μας ενημερώνει διεξοδικά η Υρώ Χατζηαθανασίου που αναλαμβάνει την διοργάνωση κοινοτικών προγραμμάτων Μάλιστα το επόμενο δίμηνο θα φιλοξενήσουν είκοσι νέους από όλη την Ευρώπη οι οποίοι θα εκπαιδευτούν στις δομές διαχείρισης κοινωνικών εταιρειών


Μέσω των Ευρωπαϊκών Προγραμμάτων έχουμε βάλει στόχο να γνωστοποιήσουμε  στους νέους το ισχυρότατο εργαλείο που ονομάζεται Δια βίου μάθηση .Σκοπός  μας είναι να καταστήσουμε την Ελλάδα ανάμεσα στις πιο δραστήριες χώρες της ΕΕ  που ασχολούνται με εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα , καθώς  η εκπαίδευση μπορεί να μας προσφέρει ένα καλύτερο παρόν και ένα ακόμη καλύτερο αύριο δηλώνει η κα.Χατζηαθανασίου

Αριστερά ο Α.Κασκάνης και δεξία η trainer της οργάνωσης Υ.Χατζηαθανασίου

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Η επόμενη ερώτηση μου εύλογα θα είναι που βρίσκονται τα χρήματα για όλα αυτά τα προγράμματα ;

Η Βιβή Κωστοπούλου , υπεύθυνη οικονομικών της οργάνωσης και η Ελευθερία Τζανακούλη υπεύθυνη χορηγιών  μας κοιτάνε και χαμογελάνε . Θέλει πολύ τρέξιμο μας εξηγούν και το παν είναι οι δράσεις σου και η ποιότητα αυτών ώστε να πείσεις ιδιώτες και μη ,χορηγούς να σου παραχωρήσουν πόρους ,είτε αυτοί είναι υλικοί είτε οικονομικοί  .Μάλιστα τα στελέχη σύντομα θα ταξιδέψουν στο Κατάρ κάνοντας επαφές με χορηγούς για την επέκταση της οργάνωσης .Κομβικό σημείο είναι η ίδρυση της YBN Τουρκίας που προσελκύει χορηγούς από την Μέση Ανατολή !

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Αριστερά η Ελευθερία Τζανακούλη και δεξιά η Βιβή Κωστοπούλου με τον Craig Holland Dixon συνεργάτη της οργάνωσης από τις ΗΠΑ

Τέσσερα τα κομβικά σημεία στην Ελλάδα με κύριο  ΣΤΗΝ ΑΘΗΝΑ  που έχουν αναλάβει η  Χριστίνα Χριστοφόρου και ο  Γιάννης Γαλανάκης , η Θεσσαλονίκη που διευθύνει ο Μάρκος Στεφανίδης , η Κομοτηνή με την Ιωάννα Τσιούρη και φυσικά την Ξάνθη που αρμόδιος είναι ο Δ.Γιαννακούδης

 Η προσπάθεια διεύρυνσης των μελών της ΥΒΝ είναι συνεχής. Καθημερινά από τους φίλους και τους συναδέλφους μας βρίσκουμε ανθρώπους έτοιμους να χτίσουν τα γερά θεμέλια της νεανικής επιχειρηματικότητας με θέληση να τα πετύχουν δηλώνει ο Γιάννης Γαλανάκης Screenshot_9

Στην YBN ετοιμάζουμε εκδηλώσεις πολιτικού και κοινωνικού ενδιαφέροντος σε συνεργασία με το κίνημα Students for Liberty που θα πραγματοποιηθούν μετά τις γιορτές. Είμαστε σε  επαφή και οργανώνουμε ήδη την πρώτη μας εκδήλωση που θα έχει ως  θέμα τα οικονομικά αποτελέσματα της αποποινικοποίησης των ναρκωτικών . Ενώ έχουμε ρίξει στο τραπέζι άλλα 3 μεγαλύτερα event που θα αναλύουν καίρια οικονομικά ζητήματα .Παράλληλα η YBN έχει φιλόδοξο σχέδιο προώθησης και στην συμπρωτεύουσα πραγματοποιώντας μεταξύ μας συναντήσεις κατά τακτά χρονικά διαστήματα, στις οποίες θα γίνεται εποικοδομητική συζήτηση θέτοντας προβληματισμούς , σκέψεις, απόψεις κτλ για την πολιτική και οικονομική επικαιρότητα στις οποίες είναι όλοι ευπρόσδεκτοι , δηλώνει ο Μάρκος Στεφανίδης 

Αριστερά η Χ.Χριστοφόρου με την Ζωή Ταμπάκη (μέλος του διοικητικού της Αθήνας , ο Μ.Στεφανίδης , η Ι.Τσιούρη και ο Δ.Γιαννακούδης

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Όπως μας ενημερώνει η υπεύθυνη δημοσίων σχέσεων Ευθυμία Παπαγιάννη η οργάνωση αριθμεί παρουσία σε έξι χώρες Ελλάδα ,Τουρκία ,Ιταλία ,Κύπρο ,Ρουμανία και Βουλγαρία ενώ στα άμεσα πλαίσια είναι και η εξάπλωση στις ΗΠΑ , ο βασικός λόγος άλλωστε της επισκέψεως τον ερχόμενο Φεβρουάριο στην Washington DC

Η κα.Παπαγιάννη δηλώνει πως η δουλειά της είναι μια συνεχής πρόκληση ,αλλά οι ευκαιρίες που δίνονται στους νέους είναι η κινητήριος δύναμη της παρόλο που της στερεί σημαντικό χρόνο από την προσωπική της στιγμή .


Το διοικητικό συμβούλιο της οργάνωσης πλαισιώνουν η Μαρία Βαρλάμου , η Δήμητρα Σωτηράκη και ο  οι οποίοι ως νεότερα στελέχη εκπαιδεύονται και σύντομα θα αποκτήσουν το δικό τους χαρτοφυλάκιο !

RestartBalkans2 is a fact Save the date 22 November 2014 Komotini Greece


Restart Politics is the second version of our annual yearly event RestartBalkans. This year we will focus just in politics in the wide Balkans area and we will limit the entrepreneurial spirit of the event ,we have focus last year. This year Youth Business Network is teaming up with Students for Liberty.  This spectacular weekend will be be highlighted by our interactive forums which will address “The Future of Liberty Politics  in Balkans area .”  Our speakers will clearly articulate the need to reduce the size of government, maximize freedom, and return to the Constitution.

We will examine liberty from historical, constitutional, and moral perspectives and explain why the limited government ideas that created our country  ,can restore and revitalize our optimism for the future.


At  Restart Politics 2014 you will be able to:

Spend time with fellow liberty-minded activists and also some startup geeks

Strengthen your understanding of the foundational principles necessary to maintain liberty.

Learn about current events from a freedom perspective you won’t hear from the media.

Learn how to recruit, equip, and mobilize an army of informed citizens.

Learn how to build your group’s organizational structure necessary to win.

Learn how to become an effective campus organizer.

Learn the fundamentals of fundraising and running for political office.

Learn to master the political process on the local and national level.

Don’t miss out on this weekend filled with political philosophy, political history, campaign tactics, and strategies from some of the best veterans in the field.

About Youth Business Network


This is an NGO established in Greece with the main objective of fostering the impact of Greek’s
professionals on the continent. Its vision is to facilitate Greece’s development and transformation
through its own young students, graduates and active entrepreneurs through practical techno-social
entrepreneurship engagement. The potential partners in this endeavour include educational
institutions,  embassies in host countries, governments, private sector and individuals. It will be
achieved by creating awareness, organising debates, providing opportunities for practical business
start-ups and facilitating peer partnerships with non-Greek counterparts. YNB is aimed towards
facilitating the development and transformation of Greece .
Five young professionals have secured funding from the Youth in Action programme
to establish a non-governmental organisation with a mission to empower young
people to set up their own businesses.

43 per cent of Greek  young people would like to set up a business

Founder Nikolaos Kostopoulos  says the organisation, called Youth Business Network , will

be a platform from which to provide moral and directional support to young people as they

foster the necessary business skills to pursue their goals.

“My role as international and EU officer and the interest in entrepreneurship lem me

traveling all over the world and make a network with young entrepreneurs.

On his return to Greece,  the national government youth agency, helped establish the right

source of funding and provided guidance on turning the initiative into an NGO.

Among a string of initiatives planned is a research pilot project in Athens to identify the

issues holding young people from taking the plunge into the business world. The group

believes the research will help fine-tune its mission statement and help it channel its

efforts more effectively.

Youth Business Network  is seeking sponsors and partners with whom it can co-ordinate

and organise initiatives like business simulations, business hubs, and workshops where

successful business people will share experiences of milestones like success, setbacks,

failure, and re-invention. It even hopes to be able to accompany aspiring entrepreneurs on

overseas trade missions in search of partners, knowledge exchange, and possibly investors.

The group hopes Youth Business Network  will establish itself as a resourceful platform

and networking facilitator to which young people can turn to for support.

“Our mission is to promote measures and

mechanisms for youth entrepreneurship, to

influence the policy of national institutions, and

promote a culture among young people of job

creation rather than job seeking.”


BrandBar Happy Hour Chat with Andee Hill, CEO of

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World energy congress was held with great success in Istanbul

International Platform for Young Entrepreneurs , a global  think tank promoting entrepreneurs has organized their very first conference related to energy sector in Istanbul  with the participation of 300 minded young professional , politicians , academicians and investors .

                                                                                                About IPFYE :


The Istanbul Bilgi University International Platform for Young Entrepreneurs is an entity that brings together people from different countries under the pretense of entrepreneurship. All of our steps thus far, and those to come are conducted as part of our goal to form relationships between our member countries, under the frame of entrepreneurship.


About Energy Congress :

More than 350 participants at total have participated to the  event

You can read the highlights of the conference :

President of Turkey BP, Bud Fackrell arrived to the hall.



Opening Ceremony 



President of IPFYE, Serhat Kısakürek giving the opening speech


Prof. Dr. Turgut Tahranlı, Dean of İstanbul Bilgi University Law Faculty appreciates the platform


Rifat Sarıcaoğlu, Chairman of The Board of Trustees at İstanbul Bilgi University takes the floor.


The floor is yielded to Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr. Bülent Arınç to give his speech.


Turkey should curb its reliance on energy imports, the country’s deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc said at an energy conference held by the ‘International Platform for Young Entrepreneurs’ at Bilgi University in İstanbul.

“Turkey should invest more, particularly in oil, natural gas and different energy development, and should meet its energy needs though domestic means,” Arinc said, speaking at an energy conference held by the ‘International Platform for Young Entrepreneurs’ at Bilgi University in Istanbul.
“There are many problems stemming from our dependence on oil and natural gas. We are trying to overcome these problems,” Arinc explained.
The comments come after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Tuesday that a third nuclear power plant in Turkey would be built by domestic experts between 2018 and 2019.
Turkey is currently dependent on foreign imports for 74 percent of its energy needs. “This puts a strain on the budget deficit and the [finance] ministry is working on ways to increase the share of renewable resources in the energy mix,” Mehmet Simsek, Turkey’s minister of finance said on Thursday.
Manager of BP Turkey speech 


Turkey is not only a large importer of energy, but a bridge between resources and markets, the president of BP Turkey, Bud Fackrell, said Friday.
” Turkey has been a regionalenergy hub for years,” Fackrell said, speaking at the conference “International Platform for Young Entrepreneurs” in Istanbul, organized by Istanbul’s Bilgi University.
“As a major investor in Turkey’s economy and energy sector for 100 years, with a significant presence in both downstream and upstream, BP cares a lot about Turkey,” Fackrell said.
” Turkey is also an important partner for Azerbaijan and can play a strong role in regional energy stability,” he added.
Fackrell said that global energy consumption will increase 41 percent by 2035.
“Turkey, being in the middle of existing and planned oil/gas pipelines, is a key country in realizing the $45 billion Southern Gas Corridor which is planned as an alternative energy supply to Europe.”
The Southern Gas Corridor will transport Caspian gas to European countries via Turkey.
Turkey will host over half of the facilities, and most of the integral equipment of the BP-operated Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline, Fackrell said.
The Trans-Anatolian Pipeline Project  is the Turkish phase of the Southern Gas Corridor project which will carry gas from the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Turkey.
The pipeline is aimed at reducing Europe’s dependency on Russian gas. The initial capacity of the Southern Gas Corridor is planned to be 16 billion cubic meters of natural gas.
 Turkey is the second biggest partner of the BP Azerbaijan project Shah Deniz, one of the world’s largest gas extraction projects, holding a 19 percent share for over 50 years.



Panel: Muzaffer Başaran (TEYO Investment), Enis Amasyalı (BorusanENBW Energy), Cihat Terzioğlu (Humartaş Energy)


İlker Sert is making his speech about the nuclear energy of Turkey


On Building the Entrepreneurial University, Juha Pettari Peralampi from Qatar giving his speech.


Mr. Michalis Mathioulakis from Greece giving his speech.



The end of the very first day



Mr N.Kostopoulos and Mrs . Maria Arampatzi representing the European association Youth Business Network ( )



Networking dinner on boat for Energy congress vip guests