No 331 - Weekly - 5 November 2009

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EU-US Energy Council

Where does this initiative comes from?

The US and the EU have a long history of cooperation on energy policies (through our Strategic Energy Review) and on energy R&D (under our Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation). The new Obama administration has opened new opportunities for further co operation.

Concretely, the proposal to set up an EU-US Energy Council was officially tabled in June 2009 via a letter that Secretary Clinton’s special envoy for Eurasian Energy questions, Ambassador Morningstar 1 sent to Minister Fule, HR Solana, the President of the Commission as well as Commissioners Ferrero-Waldner, Piebalgs and Potocnik. On 16 September the EU provided a common response suggesting areas of work under three main headings, namely Energy Policies, Global Energy Security and Global Markets and Energy Technologies Research Cooperation.

What is the EU-US Energy Council?

The EU-US Energy Council, proposed in June 2009, is to be set up  for deepening the transatlantic dialogue on strategic energy issues of mutual interest. It will also be the platform for cooperation on energy policies and research collaboration on sustainable and clean energy technologies. Given that the EU and the US are two of the world's consumers of energy it is in the interests of both to deepen their bilateral energy cooperation to address the growing challenges of global energy security, sustainability and climate change.

What does the European Commission expect from this new dialogue structure?

The Commission’s objectives for the EU-US Energy Council are:

  •  to develop the transatlantic perspective on global energy security, including transparent energy markets, diversification of supplies, vital energy infrastructure needs, and equitable access to energy in developing countries,

  • to embark on a deeper exchange on energy policies, including areas that are critical within the climate change equation, such as renewable energy, Carbon Capture and Storage, and energy efficiency;

  • to work together towards the mutual/reciprocal opening of funding of R&D energy programmes across the Atlantic;

  • to deepen ongoing joint research and development of low carbon energy technologies and to broaden cooperation to new areas, in particular on smart grids, energy efficient building technologies and new materials for energy applications.

  • Start new EU-US cooperation on promotion and dissemination of existing and expanding energy technology.

How will the EU-US Energy Council work?

Members of the council will be on the EU side the Commissioners for External Relations, for Energy and for Science and Research, as well as the EU Presidency, and on the US side, the Secretaries of State and of Energy. It is expected to meet annually, alternately in the EU and U.-S, and report to the EU-US Summit.

The EU-US Energy Council may decide to delegate preparatory work and follow-up to working groups at senior official level, which should meet regularly and report to the EU-US Energy Council. Furthermore, subgroups at working level may also be established in order to tackle specific issues as appropriate. Areas expected to be covered are Global Energy Security and Global Markets, Energy Policies and Energy Technologies Research Cooperation.



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Please note that the announcement of technical reports and documents recently produced in specific energy and transport sectors can be found on the "What's New" pages of the corresponding chapters of Energy and Transport on the EUROPA website.

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