Refining Forum

The Refining Forum, organised by DG ENERGY, currently operates as two events, which each take place annually. The High Level Forum is for general discussions about the future of the refining sector, while the Expert Forum goes into to more details about specific issues.


The EU Refining Forum was established in 2012. The aim of the Forum is to provide an opportunity for the industry, EU countries, Members of the European Parliament, the Commission and other stakeholders to discuss planned and future regulatory proposals with potentially significant impacts on the EU oil refining industry and on the EU’s security of supply of petroleum products.

The 8th high-level meeting of the EU Refining Forum took place on 25 April 2018 in Brussels. The focus of this meeting was on how the EU refining industry will contribute to the energy transition. The event gathered more than 140 Participants that will exchange views on the national energy and climate plans, on the future of oil in the energy mix and the implications this will have on the car industry and the refining sector. The programme will include interventions by representatives from Member States, the Commission, the International Energy Agency, the refining and car industry and trade unions. The event will conclude with a keynote speech delivered by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.

The first Expert Refining Forum took place in December 2017 and involved detailed discussions about air quality in Europe.

The next event will be the second Expert Refining Forum, taking place in Q3/Q4 2018.


The EU Refining Forum dates back to 2012, when stakeholders – Member States, MEPs, the EU refining industry and trade unions – gathered to discuss the pressures faced by the sector, and called for coordinated action. The forum provides an opportunity to talk about regulatory proposals that could have significant impacts on the industry and on the security of supply of petroleum products in the EU.

In the period 2008-2014 some 17 refineries shut down in the EU, adding up to an 8% capacity decline and the loss of some 10,000 direct and 40,000 indirect jobs. Previous Refining Forum meetings recognized the economic and social value of the European refining sector and called for a continued review of the Refining Fitness Check and its use in assessing the cumulative impact of existing and upcoming legislation that can affect the sector’s competitiveness.