EU-U.S. Energy Council Takes Place February 7
High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, will travel to Washington, D.C., on 7-8 February. Both will co-chair the EU-U.S. Energy Council on the EU side and Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, on the U.S. side on 7 February. The meeting will take forward EU-US cooperation on energy security and on the joint commitment to accelerate a just and clean energy transition to climate neutrality for citizens of the EU, the United States, and around the globe. HR/VP Borrell will also hold a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to discuss pressing issues on the international agenda. On that day, Commissioner Simson will meet bilaterally with U.S. Secretary of Energy Granholm and in the afternoon, she will also gather with members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Global Energy Institute.
On 8 February, HR/VP Borrell will speak at the inaugural event of the Jean Monnet Conversations series, co-organised by the EU Delegation, the French Embassy and The Atlantic. Later that day, the HR/VP is due to meet with Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Commissioner Simson will meet that day with members of the U.S. Congress to discuss the transatlantic relationship in energy. Later, she will participate in a public event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the future of European energy. Audiovisual coverage of the visit will be available on EbS. The visit and the Energy Council further reconfirm the strength of the transatlantic partnership at a crucial moment for global diplomacy.
The EU and United States are jointly committed to Europe's energy security and sustainability, and to accelerating the global transition to clean energy. We also share the objective of ensuring the energy security of Ukraine and the progressive integration of Ukraine with the EU gas and electricity markets.
The EU and the United States cooperate closely on energy policy, decarbonisation, and security of supply through collaboration within the EU-U.S. Energy Council. Our shared commitment to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement through clean energy, in particular renewables, energy efficiency, and technologies, provide a path to energy security and reduced dependence on fossil fuels. The current challenges to European security underscore our commitment to accelerating and carefully managing the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.
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