The EU-U.S. Energy Council was created in 2009 and reports to the wider EU-U.S. Summit. The Council meets annually and is chaired by the EU High Representative/Vice President, the EU Vice President for Energy Union, the EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy, the U.S. Secretary of State and the U.S. Secretary of Energy. The Council’s discussions include global and regional energy security challenges, mitigation of climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy, offshore safety, and energy research and technologies, et cetera.
TABC (and formerly the European-American Business Council) has been a long-term stakeholder in the EU-U.S. Energy Council discussions. The mission of the TABC’s Energy and Climate Working Group is to provide regular, strategic, and focused policy briefings to the principals and the four Working Groups of the Council. During its energy briefings, TABC brings experts around a table from member companies for discussions with EU and U.S. officials on issues on the agenda of the EU-U.S. Energy Council and other energy policy priorities for industry.
Since 2010 we have held several such energy briefings for key EU and U.S. principals, including:
- Daniel Poneman, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy
- Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the U.S. Department of State
- Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for Int’l Energy Affairs, U.S. State Department
- Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues, European External Action Service (EEAS)
- Dominique Ristori, Director General, DG Energy, European Commission