Finnish Perspectives on Energy Security in Europe

July 19, 2018 - 9:00 am

Atlantic Council headquarters, 1030 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC, DC
Finnish Perspectives on Energy Security in Europe

Opening remarks by:
Erik Brattberg
Director and Fellow, Europe Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

A conversation with:
Kimmo Tiilikainen
Minister of the Environment, Energy, and Housing
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland
Moderated by:

David Livingston
Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Embassy of Finland on Thursday, July 19, 2018 for a conversation about European energy security with Finland's Minister of the Environment, Energy, and Housing, Kimmo Tiilikainen. Europe has been at the forefront of people's minds lately, with talk of the NATO Summit, Nord Stream 2, and the upcoming meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki dominating the news cycle. Mr. Tiilikainen will join us to discuss the Finnish perspectives on energy security in Europe and the relationship between Europe and the United States in that regard.

In his remarks and a moderated discussion with Atlantic Council Global Energy Center's David Livingston, Mr. Tiilikainen will touch on topics such as how renewables factor into the conversation about energy security, the role of gas and nuclear power, relations with Russia and Nord Stream 2, and activities in the Arctic. He will also discuss the agenda for US-European cooperationA light breakfast will be served.

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Kimmo Tiilikainen was appointed minister of the environment, energy and housing in May 2017. Before that he served the same government as the minister of agriculture and the environment since May 2015. Mr. Tiilikainen has been a member of the Parliament since 2003 and previously served as the minister of the environment from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Tiilikainen was born and raised in the small town of Ruokolahti in Eastern Finland and has been a member of the Ruokolahti Local Council since 2001.

Throughout his parliamentary career, Mr. Tiilikainen has demonstrated a strong affiliation with numerous committees. He was a member of Agriculture and Forestry Committee from 2003 to 2007; member of the Environment Committee from 2007 to 2015; member of the Grand Committee from 2004 to 2015; member of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference from 2011 to 2015 and member/ deputy member of the Committee for the Future from 2009 to 2015. Mr. Tiilikainen was also a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board of Nestle Oil and Supervisory Board of WFF from 2011 until 2015. From 2011 to 2015 Mr. Tiilikainen served as a chair of the Centre Party parliamentary group.

Mr. Tiilikainen is a graduate of University of Joensuu and holds a Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry. He is also an organic farmer and forester and has a long-standing personal interest in finding solutions to the challenges of the global climate change.

Erik Brattberg is director of the Europe Program and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He is an expert on European politics and security and transatlantic relations.

He joined Carnegie from the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, where he was the director for special projects and a senior fellow. Brattberg was previously the 2014 Ron Asmus Policy Entrepreneur Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, adjunct senior fellow at Center for a New American Security, visiting Fulbright fellow at Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS, visiting fellow at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, consulting researcher at SIPRI and European Council on Foreign Relations, and a research associate at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He also has work experience from the Folke Bernadotte Academy and Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New York.

His numerous articles and commentary have appeared in the Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Politico, Atlantic Monthly, the National Interest, the American Interest, Jane’s Defence Weekly, and Berlin Policy Journal. He is a frequent expert commentator to major news outlets, including Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Deutsche Welle, France 24, ABC News, NBC News, and Voice of America. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and by institutions such as Johns Hopkins SAIS, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the German Council on Foreign Relations, and the European Policy Centre. He frequently lectures at universities and think tanks and has testified before the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.

He is a board member of the Washington European Society and the Swedish Atlantic Council, a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and an alumnus of several young leader programs on both sides of the Atlantic. He also serves as an adviser to Spitzberg Partners and Oxford Analytica on European and geopolitical issues.

David Livingston is deputy director, climate and advanced energy, of the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center. 

He is also a fellow of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins University, and teaches a course on energy for the University of Southern California (USC) program in Washington, DC.

Previously, Livingston served as a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics at the Office of the US Trade Representative, where he concluded as acting assistant US trade representative for congressional affairs.

He also has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.

Livingston was selected as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, is an alumnus of the Atlantik Brücke Young Leaders Program, and serves on the advisory board of South by Southwest (SXSW) Cities and a number of social enterprise start-ups. 

He earned a BA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and an MSc with distinction from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.