The European Institute's Roundtable on Energy promotes dialogue and encourages cooperation in ensuring energy security, closely monitors EU-Russia energy relations and their implications within the EU and on transatlantic relations, and explores possibilities for greater research and development cooperation and the facilitation of technology transfer.

Recent Meetings:

On June, 26, 2015, The European Institute held a luncheon in cooperation with Latvia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union with The Honorable Andris Piebalgs, European and Economic Affairs Advisor to the President of Latvia and Former European Commissioner for Development (2010-2014) and Energy (2004-2009). Mr. Piebalgs highlighted the Latvian Presidency's work to advance the EU's economic growth and competitiveness through such trade initiatives as TTIP, and stressed the importance of the Digital Single Market, the push for a stronger Energy Union, and the vital need for continued cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries. Mr. Piebalgs also addressed the main challenges the EU is facing, including the continued crisis in Ukraine and growing tensions with Russia on the EU's Eastern flank, increased illegal migration, and the implications of a possible Grexit and/or Brexit.

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 December 19, 2013, The European Institute in cooperation with the Embassy of Finland hosted a breakfast event with Esa Härmälä, Director-General of the Energy Department at the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy; Dr. Christian Burgsmueller, Head of the Transport, Energy, & Environment Section at the Delegation of the European Union; and Mikhail Kalugin, Head of the Economic Section at the Embassy of the Russian Federation to discuss the progress of Finland’s efforts to achieve sustainable energy independence through diversification of energy resources, closer integration with the European Union’s single energy market, and the furtherance of regional energy projects with neighboring states, including the Russian Federation.

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.

On July 16, 2013, The European Institute welcomed The Honorable Peter Liese, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for inclusion of aviation in the ETS, The Honorable Julie Oettinger, Assistant Administrator for Policy at the Federal Aviation Administration, and John Schmitz, Partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, to discuss the future of global regulation of aviation emissions. The panelists discussed the contested extension of the Emissions Trading Scheme to the aviation sector by the European Union and the prospects for reaching agreement on a global framework at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s plenary meeting this September. The discussion was moderated by Annie Petsonk, International Counsel at Environmental Defense Fund.

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