On December 10, 2014, The European Institute hosted a special seminar examining the changing regional energy security in Europe.  Offering perspectives from European nations in both the northern and southern regions, participants assessed their nation’s own energy strategies, as well as the prospects for greater regional and the EU wide-cooperation that are necessary in order to insure sustainable energy independence.  Participants included His Excellency Andris Razāns, Ambassador of Latvia to the United States; His Excellency Kåre Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the United States; Anne Vasara, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Finland; Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland; Hendrik Barkeling, Head of the Economic and Commercial Section at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Her Excellency Elena Poptodorova, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States; His Excellency Iulian Buga, Ambassador of Romania to the United States; Peter Zeleňák, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic; and Carlo Romeo, Counselor for Economic and Scientific Affairs at the Embassy of Italy.

On November 13, 2013, The European Institute in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania convened a special meeting on the European Union’s rapidly changing energy landscape. The Honorable Jaroslav Neverovic, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania; Ambassador Carols Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the U.S. Department of State;  François Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union; and Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland offered their perspectives.  Their exchange focused on the Baltic Region’s efforts to end its status as an “energy island,” completion of the European Union’s single energy market, improving European energy connectivity, supply diversification, and the importance of regional and transatlantic cooperation in ensuring energy security.

By Aaron Brinckerhoff, European Affairs Editorial Assistant

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In the stepped-up Western sanctions on Iran – now at “unprecedented levels” – a significant and enabling development has been the agreement of Germany to participate in the pan-European embargo on Iranian oil after years of reluctance in Berlin to act so strongly against Tehran.

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