How quickly the world turns, how quickly our priorities shift. A few weeks ago it seemed like the US-EU summit would be overshadowed by the dissonance the NSA affair has instilled in the transatlantic partnership. With the ghost of the Cold-War past materializing, clutching the Crimea in an icy grasp, chocking the aspirations for self-determination of many Ukrainians, the tone at the EU-US summit on 26 March was one of mutual reassurance. Dr. Stefanie Babst, Head of Strategic Analysis Capabilities, NATO; Peter Chase, Vice President Europe at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Thomas E. Reott, Economic Counselor at the U.S. Mission followed the invitation of the FNF Europe and the AJC Transatlantic Institute to discuss the outcomes of the EU-US Summit: perspectives on how the transatlantic partners should react to the crisis in the Crimea and an outlook on the next step in the TTIP negotiations. Continue reading
Latin America is a key partner of the EU for reaching its energy and climate policy targets. Six of the countries with the greatest biodiversity on earth are located in Latin America which holds half of the world’s tropical forests and has the highest average water availability worldwide. In 2050 Latin America will be the biggest agricultural producer of the world.
Even though Latin America has vast energy resources, the continent’s high economic dynamics lead to growing energy demands which require a further development of renewables. Therefore Latin American countries are currently redefining their energy mix in order to achieve sustainable development schemes that allow economic development while protecting the environment. The cooperation among countries of Latin America, the USA and Canada to link power grids and fuel supply lines as well as the harmonization of policies and regulations are therefore essential. Cooperation with the European Union in research and specific bilateral development programs is relevant and on the way.
Environmental experts from Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and Argentina will analyze energy policies of their countries and regions, focusing on energetic sovereignty, the role of the private enterprise and smart regulation within the sector.