Private Luncheon with European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete

On May 4, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative partnered with the US Chamber of Commerce to hold a private luncheon with Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.

Marjorie Chorlins, Vice President for European Affairs at United States Chamber of Commerce introduced the Commissioner. Founding Director and Chairman of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center welcomed the Commissioner and guests, while David Koranyi, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative, moderated the conversation on the European Union’s goals and challenges concerning the implementation the Paris Agreement. The following questions were addressed by Commissioner Cañete:

• What are European Commission’s key achievements from early 2015 to today on energy security and climate change?
• With Iran’s sanctions being lifted, what kind of energy partnership does the European Union hope to achieve with Tehran government?
• Will the Paris agreement be able to achieve its temperature goals by 2030? If so, what will it take to ensure that national governments of developed and developing countries comply and continue to adapt their     domestic climate policies efficiently?
• In your opinion, will the European Commission approve Nord Stream II project or reject it?