Transatlantic Energy Cooperation: Security Challenges and Opportunities
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Event Date
  • 5/15/2013   11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Please arrive early for registration
  • The Hilton Americas
  • 1600 Lamar
    Houston, Texas 77010
  Christian Burgsmüeller

Head of Energy
EU Delegation

Wednesday, May 15th 
Registration: 11:30 a.m.
Program: Noon - 1:30 p.m. 
The strong economic ties between the United States and the European Union have a significant influence on worldwide economic growth, prosperity, and trade. Together, the two regions represent the world’s largest energy market. 

Both the US and the EU rely heavily on energy from countries in the Middle East, many of which are fraught with war, terrorism, and politically unstable regimes. A quarter of European Union’s energy comes from GAZPROM, the Russian state-owned energy enterprise. As a result, energy security policy has become a high priority for both the US and the EU.  

Christian Burgsmueller will explore ways in which the US and the EU can cooperate in the world energy market, and how to deal with Russia and other politically unstable regions.

Christian Burgsmüeller is Head of the Energy, Transport and Environment Section for the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America. He is a career EU diplomat with the European External Action Service . Dr. Burgsmueller is a lawyer by training and joined the European Commission in Brussels in 2000. Over the years he held posts both in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry as well as in the Directorate-General for Trade. He has been a visiting lecturer on EU and German politics at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Sao Paulo.

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