Refining Forum

The Refining Forum, organised by DG ENERGY and FuelsEurope, 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 ninth high-level meeting of the EU Refining Forum took place on 25 April 2019 in Brussels. The discussions focused on the role of the EU refining industry in the coming years and how it will address climate change, the competitive challenges refining and other energy intensive industries face, and their contribution to the clean energy transition.

The Forum was opened by Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. The programme also included interventions by representatives from Member States, top officials from the European Commission, the International Energy Agency, the refining industry and other energy intensive industries.

The programme for this edition can be downloaded here.

The 2nd Expert Refining Forum took place in December 2018 and involved detailed discussions about how the refining industry and energy-intensive industries are able to contribute to achieving the GHG emissions reduction targets and the role of the Carbon Capture Storage technology.



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.