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European Energy Security Focus of Upcoming Helsinki Commission Hearing

WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing:

EUROPEAN ENERGY SECURITY POST-RUSSIA

Tuesday, June 7, 2022
2:30 p.m.

Watch live: www.youtube.com/HelsinkiCommission

The United States and European allies have largely cut Russia out of the global economy following its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. However, given European reliance on Russian natural gas and oil, sweeping energy sanctions have lagged. The European Union spends nearly a billion euros a day on Russian energy, and several EU Member States are struggling to wean themselves off Russian resources in order to implement a full embargo.

This hearing will examine plans to create a Europe that is wholly free from Russian oil and gas. Witnesses will discuss the importance of a robust energy embargo to starving the Russian war machine; options to ensure that Ukraine’s energy needs are met; alternative sources of energy for Europe; and the perspective of Germany, which plays an outsize role as the most powerful economy in Europe and a primary consumer of Russian natural resources.

The following witnesses are scheduled to participate:

  • Yuriy Vitrenko, CEO, Naftogaz Ukraine
  • Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Benjamin Schmitt, Research Associate, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Democratic Resilience Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis

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