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The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center invites you to join a virtual launch for the new report, “European Energy Security and the Critical Role of Transatlantic Energy Cooperation: Final Report and Recommendations.” The virtual event will take place on Thursday, May 28, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. EDT (2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. CET).

The launch will feature a keynote speech by H.E. Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director-General for Energy of the European Commission on the topic of the newly adopted European recovery package to counter the unprecedented impacts of the global COVID 19 pandemic, followed by remarks by The Hon. Francis R. Fannon, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the US Department of State and The Hon. Theodore J. Garrish, Assistant Secretary for the Office of International Affairs at the US Department of Energy. Ambassador Richard Morningstar will then lead a short conversation with the speakers.

A panel discussion with high-level government officials, as well as finance and private sector leaders will follow the remarks. The panelists will provide their comments on the report and discuss ways to effectively advance transatlantic cooperation. We hope you will join us for an engaging and insightful virtual event.

The recommendations provided in the report were developed during a series of Atlantic Council roundtables on the role of transatlantic cooperation in strengthening energy security held in Brussels, Berlin, and Washington, DC. Global Energy Center authors also consulted with government officials, private sector executives, and leading subject matter experts. The report outlines specific ways in which the United States and the European Union can work together to address energy security challenges—such as climate change and geopolitical threats— to ensure the normal operation of free and competitive global energy markets and a reliable, affordable, and sustainable supply of energy.

Please join this conversation via the web application Zoom, which is accessible through your web browser, the Zoom desktop or mobile app, and by phone. If you wish to join the question and answer period, you must join by app or web. Register below!


Keynote remarks by

H.E. Ditte Juul Jørgensen
Director-General for Energy
European Commission

Remarks by

The Hon. Theodore J. Garrish
Assistant Secretary for the Office of International Affairs
US Department of Energy

The Hon. Francis R. Fannon
Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources
US Department of State

Following their remarks, Ambassador Richard Morningstar, Founding Chairman of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, will lead the Director-General and Assistant Secretaries in a moderated conversation.

A panel discussion with

Dr. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt
Deputy Director-General
European Commission

Mr. Eugene Howard
Energy Economist; Head of Electricity Networks Division
European Investment Bank

Mr. Chris Smith
Senior Vice President
Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Moderated by

Check out the report


May 26, 2020

European energy security and the critical role of transatlantic energy cooperation

By Richard L. Morningstar, András Simonyi, Olga Khakova, Jennifer T. Gordon

Transatlantic cooperation is essential to European energy security, which is and should remain a key national security priority for the United States. European energy security is crucial for the maintenance of a strong European economy and for European political stability, both of which are in the best interests of the United States. This report recommends that the United States and the EU focus their energy cooperation in several areas that will benefit the EU’s efforts to meet climate targets and that, at the same time, will also bolster energy security.

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia

Report authors

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