Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and Europe Center on Friday, August 11 at the Atlantic Council headquarters and virtually from 2:30 – 3:30 PM for a conversation with Romanian Minister of Energy H.E. Sebastian Burduja and Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources at the US Department of State Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt on Romania’s regional role in addressing energy security and climate challenges. The discussion will be moderated by Olga Khakova, deputy director for European Energy Security at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. H.E. Dan-Andrei Muraru, Romanian Ambassador to the United States, will provide opening remarks.

Romania has been a strategic partner of the United States for over 25 years and is a reliable ally in the fight against Russia’s energy warfare. The country’s gas and nuclear energy generation play an important role in regional supply security as Europe prepares for the next winter. Following through on its ambitious renewables deployment targets would further reduce energy imports dependence for the region. Romania also plays a key role in supporting Ukraine and Moldova’s efforts to free themselves from the Russian energy sphere. Building out energy interconnections between the three countries is essential to the region’s energy security and decarbonization. The United States can play a dynamic role in advancing these efforts.

In this event, Minister Burduja and Ambassador Pyatt will discuss how the United States and Romania views the region’s energy security and decarbonization and challenges and where US engagement can play a decisive role. How can the US-Romania partnership advance energy security and climate goals in the Black Sea region?

This conversation will take place at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters and will be broadcast over YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Please register to attend in-person or to receive a reminder for the livestream. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to attend.

Opening remarks by

H.E. Dan-Andrei Muraru, Romanian Ambassador to the United States

Moderated discussion with

H.E. Sebastian Burduja, Minister of Energy, Romania

Amb. Geoffrey R. Pyatt, Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State

Moderated by

The Global Energy Center develops and promotes pragmatic and nonpartisan policy solutions designed to advance global energy security, enhance economic opportunity, and accelerate pathways to net-zero emissions.

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