The Future of European Energy Security
A Discussion with:
Ambassador Vaclav Bartuska,
Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Czech Republic
Energy and National Security Program Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS
Heather A. Conley,
Europe Program Director, CSIS
European energy security and diversification of energy sources remain critical challenges against a backdrop of growing worldwide energy demand, the lingering effects of the global recession, and the challenge of mitigating climate change. European leaders struggle with defining a common energy policy, especially on such issues as nuclear energy and renewable energy, while attempting to assess the impact of unconventional gas and increased availability of worldwide liquefied natural gas (LNG). How do European Union energy and environmental regulations and the European Energy Charter impact greater security and diversification needs? Our discussion with Ambassador Vaclav Bartuska, the Czech Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, focused on the current situation of European energy security and its future challenges and opportunities.