Forum for business, political and societal leaders
The Forum’s mission is to encourage democracies to fund a secure future, not Russian wars
Democracies should not fund dictatorships and their wars. Unfortunately, Russia’s war in Ukraine was funded by democracies, as were other Russian wars before it.
As Russian missiles rained down on Ukrainian towns and villages, as Russian troops killed, tortured and raped the Ukrainian people, hundreds of billions of euros and US dollars for the export of energy resources, including to democracies, have been poured into the accounts of Russian energy companies. In this way, the democracies that claim to support Ukraine have in fact generously financed the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine.
However, this reality can hardly be seen as accidental, but rather as the result of a whole network of powerful influences at work, where Russia’s carefully constructed network of oligarchic, trollish, even criminal influences is complemented by a very extensive and powerful network of business, political, financial and legal structures, as well as a very large and powerful media lobby operating in democracies. representing the interests of oil, gas, even atomic and coal corporations, which still control trillions in wealth. It is the alliance of these networks that, in our view, has constructed the current reality, where blood is being shed in Ukraine and billions paid by the democracies are being poured into Russia’s accounts.
It is this alliance between the oil and gas and Putin empires, which uses its power to silence progressive democracies and to stop decisive change, which means that democracies are usually only able to react to energy or climate crises and wars, but not able to set goals and make changes to reduce the possibility of energy and climate crises as well as of wars.
That is why the most important MISSION of our Forum is to overcome the pressure and resistance of this network and to raise as firmly and openly as possible the questions that need to be answered today, so that at a time when Europe and the democratic world as a whole is drowning in natural catastrophes and the enormous cost of energy resources, and when Ukraine is drowning in its own people’s blood, the democracies can find the strength to unite and fund a secure future for all of mankind, not only for the oil and gas companies, and to avoid financing new wars for the Russian regime.
We have no doubt that this is the most important goal that democracies should pursue today, and that it must be communicated as widely and clearly as possible. In the near future, we will be announcing the key objectives that we believe should unite democracies and progressive democratic forces, and we will be directly addressing leaders in politics, business, media and other fields, inviting them to come together to discuss and agree on the solutions that will build a secure future for democracies and for humanity.
Founders and leaders of the Democracy Development Fund, which organizes the Forum
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Is the EU trying to tackle the energy crisis? Is it trying to reduce funding for dictatorships that use fossil fuel revenues for war? What should the EU do to ensure that the war in Ukraine is the last?
Panel discussion: How can EU energy policy affect the future of Europe and the world - increasing or decreasing the possibility of energy and economic crises and wars?
A vision for the development of a zero-carbon EU energy network: which decisions should be taken at the national and which at the EU level to accelerate the greening of the European economy?
Expert discussion: How is Russia undermining the unity of democracies and imposing solutions that slow down the green transformation? How should democracies resist this?
Technologies whose evolution will contribute most to reducing pollution and increasing the economic, business, and energy independence potential of democracies
Green transformation of business sectors: presentation and discussion of developments and case studies in trade, manufacturing and other sectors
The potential of digitalization to reduce pollution and strengthen the foundations of the green economy: where are the breakthroughs and where should business and the state be more decisive?
Special sessions on the development of hydrogen and storage capacities: what EU and national policy solutions could ensure European leadership in these areas?
Government decisions to mitigate the impact of the Russian energy crisis on Lithuanian society and business
Opportunities for independent electricity suppliers to reduce electricity prices for consumers; decisions taken and planned to increase these opportunities
Potential for the development of renewable energy in Lithuania to reduce prices for citizens, businesses, and industry
Financing the transformation of renewable energy and the green economy: what should a business expect from finance and what from public authorities?
Government policies and decisions to achieve rapid decarbonization of public and private transport in Lithuania this decade
A vision for decarbonizing urban public transport: how to reduce costs and make services cheaper in the short term?
The evolution of transport and green policy in Vilnius: what changes can the capital city expect after the upcoming mayoral elections?
The green transformation of Lithuania's rail, seaport, airport, and road transport sectors: key trends
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