April 1, 2014
The Atlantic Council, in partnership with Poland’s Grupa LOTOS and Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP), was delighted to host a private strategy luncheon on European Energy Security.

The luncheon was anchored by two leaders: Christopher Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy, United States and Katarzyna Kacperczyk, Under Secretary of State for Non-European Policy and Economic Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland.  The increasing potential of US natural gas exports and the Ukraine Crisis have had direct and indirect implications for Europe’s energy security, a subject that is already an important pillar of US-EU relations and the bilateral US-Poland relationship.

With their leading remarks by Smith and Kacperczyk alike, the discussion revolved around ways to address US and Polish energy security challenges as well as steps the United States, Poland and, more broadly, Europe can take to ensure that energy policies on both sides of the Atlantic are optimized to best serve the economic and security interests of the transatlantic community as a whole.