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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

Thu, Jun 27, 2019

The current state of European energy security and transatlantic cooperation

The Issue: The transatlantic community has made significant progress leveraging global energy resources to increase energy security, thanks to advancements in renewable energy, energy efficiency, shale oil extraction, alternative source and route development, and infrastructure. However, European energy still faces security challenges and it must continue to address them. A united and well-connected Europe is […]

EnergySource by Becca Hunziker

Americas Energy & Environment

Mon, Jun 24, 2019

European energy security and transatlantic cooperation

Transatlantic cooperation with a focus on energy security will be essential to addressing global challenges and should be prioritized by US and EU leadership, since energy security translates into national, political, and economic security on both sides of the Atlantic.

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

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia

Full Bio

Irina Markina is a 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.