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Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Experts react: Von der Leyen outlines vision for Europe’s post-COVID future

Von der Leyen used her first State of the European Union Address to push European leaders to “make change happen by design—not by disaster or by diktat from others in the world.” Atlantic Council experts react to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s speech and its implications for future EU policy.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

The implications of the coronavirus crisis on the global energy sector and the environment

The current drop in oil demand—caused, in large part, by severe reductions in travel due to the coronavirus—combined with the Saudi-Russia oil price war has simultaneously, if temporarily, lowered greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). However, the drop in GHG emissions is likely to be unsustainable in the long term, and the currently low cost of oil has raised questions about the future of clean energy deployment and climate action.

New Atlanticist by Jennifer T. Gordon

Coronavirus Energy & Environment

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

European energy diversification: How alternative sources, routes, and clean technologies can bolster energy security and decarbonization

The European Union’s efforts to achieve a carbon-neutral economy present a unique and timely opportunity to strengthen European energy security. What is the EU currently doing to meet its decarbonization goals, address the role of natural gas in Europe’s low-carbon future, and explain the potential for new gas sources, alternative gas routes, and clean energy technologies to reduce carbon emissions? And how can this be done while simultaneously increasing European energy security and opportunities for transatlantic cooperation?

Issue Brief by Richard L. Morningstar, András Simonyi, Olga Khakova, Irina Markina

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Irina Markina is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and serves as senior energy advisor at the European Union Delegation to the United States, based in Washington, DC.

Ms. Markina’s expertise spans energy, economic, security, and environmental sectors. In her role, Ms. Markina manages a wide range of energy policy issues affecting the EU–US bilateral relationship. Ms. Markina directs European diplomatic energy engagement with the US government, and she oversees development and implementation of strategic priorities under the EU-US Energy Council. Ms. Markina reports to the European External Action Service and the European Commission Directorate General for Energy.

Prior to joining the EU Delegation to the US, Ms. Markina served at the European Parliament based in Brussels, Belgium. Ms. Markina counseled members of the European Parliament on the Future of Science and Technology Panel and she managed research and legislative action on technology innovation, energy, and transportation policy. Ms. Markina holds a Master of Science degree (Highest Honors) in European Affairs and Global Political Economy from Lund University, Sweden, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Highest Honors) in Political Science and International Relations from Vilnius University, Lithuania. Ms. Markina is fluent in Lithuanian, English, Polish, and Russian, and she speaks intermediate French.