The EU and the USA share a common approach on the need to promote open, transparent, competitive and sustainable global energy markets, and have been co-operating in the energy sector for many years.
In June 2009, this co-operation was given a boost with the proposal of the USA to establish an EU-US Energy Council. The agreed terms of reference of the Council are broad and designed to bring together all key actors working on energy issues on both sides of the Atlantic, in three areas for which corresponding working groups were established: Energy security, Energy technologies research and Energy policy.
Commissioner Oettinger visits the United States
From 15 July until 18 July 2013 Commissioner Oettinger is visiting the United States. Among the highlights of his visit are meetings with Ambassador Carlos Pascual, special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs at the US State Department, US Trade Representative Michael Froman and Tommy Beaudreau, the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is responsible for overseeing the development of the US’s offshore resources. At the Centre for Strategic and International Studies the Commissioner delivers a speech on the transatlantic energy revolution.
A visit to a site for exploration and production of shale gas in the vicinity of Fort Worth (Texas) and a meeting with Texas state and municipal regulators on fracking conclude the trip.
There have been Six EU-US Energy Council ministerial meetings:
On the 3rd of December 2014, the sixth European Union-United States Energy Council in Brussels.
The EU and the US Energy Council, has reaffirmed the continuing efforts to diversify Europe's energy suppliers and backed the EU-mediated Ukraine-Russia accord on gas supplies this winter.
Attended by European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Italian Vice-Minister Claudio De Vincenti and US Acting Assistant Secretary Jonathan Elkind, the EU-US Energy Council underlined the importance of the EU's Energy Security Strategy to increase energy efficiency, strengthen domestic energy production, diversify supplies and complete the EU's internal energy market.
Meanwhile, the Council welcomed the EU-brokered Ukraine-Russia agreement, saying "it is an important contribution to ensuring Ukraine's security of gas supply this winter, provides relief to the citizens of Ukraine and ensures the reliable transit of gas to Europe."
The EU and US both underlined their support for Ukraine's new government and the importance of the Ukrainian government continuing to pursue reforms in the energy sector in line with its Energy Community commitments.
The Council also supported the goal to build an Energy Union aiming at affordable, secure and sustainable energy. It welcomed the recent infrastructure developments in the EU, including an LNG terminal in Lithuania, and a reverse flow interconnection between Ukraine and Slovakia. It also discussed in detail the importance of co-operating on climate change both at Lima and in the run up to Paris COP21 in Paris.
On 2 April 2014, the fifth meeting took place in Brussels one week after the EU-US Summit.
On 5 December 2012, the fourth meeting took place in Brussels.
Handshake between Hillary Clinton and Günther Oettinger
On 28 November 2011, the third meeting took place in Washington just before the EU-US Summit and the day before the meeting of the Trans-Atlantic Economic Council.
On 19 November 2010, the second meeting took place in Lisbon, the day before the EU-US Summit.
In November 2009, the establishment and objectives of the EU-US Energy Council was agreed at the EU-US Summit in Washington and a first inaugural meeting took place in the margins of the Summit.
On 14 June 2013, Member States gave the European Commission the green light to start trade and investment talks with the United States. This builds on the report of a High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth that was published in February 2013. The first round of talks took place during the week of 8-12 July 2013 and followed the official launch of the negotiations announced by US President Barack Obama, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and UK Prime Minister David Cameron at the G8 Summit held on 17 June 2013. Following this first round, the Commission made available, on 16th July, a number of its initial position papers, including one on raw materials and energy .
Further details concerning TTIP can be found on the following webpage of DG TRADE
On 29th November 2011, the EU and the US initialled a new Energy Star EU-US Agreement on the coordination of energy-efficient labelling programs for office equipment. Energy Star is part of the Community strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to security of energy supply and mitigate climate change.
On 17 November 2010, a trans-Atlantic expert workshop on Electric Vehicles and Grid Connectivity was held in Brussels organised jointly by the European Commission, the Belgian Presidency of the EU, the Swedish Government and the US Department of Energy.