First Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Ministerial Conference on energy security: extracts from the joint speeches by Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Andris Piebalgs
The first Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Ministerial Conference on energy security took place in Brussels on 18 June 2009. It brought together Foreign and Energy Ministers from the 45 members of ASEM to discuss energy policy and possibilities for cooperation between Europe and Asia. Topics on the agenda were energy security choices, sustainable energy, and trade and investment in energy.
The event was opened by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, who proposed four areas for working together: combining efforts by sharing information, cooperation on developing new technologies and promoting green growth, improving energy efficiency, and increasing investment in renewable energy.
Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, added that reflecting about energy security, cooperation with third partners is a fundamental requirement. He said that the European Commission has build various bilateral partnerships notably with India, China, Japan and other countries, and explained that energy security lies at the centre of these dialogues. SHOTLISTLINK