Brussels Forum provides a unique opportunity for European and American energy and foreign policy experts to meet for in-depth conversations on the state of energy relations across the Atlantic. This year’s Brussels Forum energy seminar was organized in partnership with Enel S.A. and focused on “The Road to Energy Union.” Thirty participants engaged in lively discussions on the EU’s newest energy policies and their impact on transatlantic relations.
In February, the European Commission launched a framework for an EU Energy Union. Since the 2006 and 2009 interruptions of gas supplies from Russia, the European Union has enacted increasingly strong measures to bind the 28 member states into a closer and more competitive energy community. The
Energy Union aims to complete this process to achieve a fully integrated energy system based on the principles of solidarity and sustainability.
The Brussels Forum energy seminar started with a discussion of the EU Energy Union’s priorities and introduced the scope of the project. This was followed by a deeper investigation into the implications of the Energy Union for electricity sector. The seminar then explored two geo-strategic questions: where will Europe’s gas supplies come from? And how will the Energy Union affect transatlantic relations? In these sessions, participants discussed the role of Russian, Caspian, and Eastern Mediterranean gas supplies for Europe. U.S.-EU discussions focused on the potential for greater energy cooperation and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).