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Helsinki Commission Briefing to Examine Political Influence in European Energy Markets

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

PIPELINE POLITICS
Energy and Power in Europe

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Longworth House Office Building
Room 1334

Live Webcast: www.facebook.com/HelsinkiCommission

Pipeline Politics is the use of energy resources to exert influence and achieve foreign policy goals. This behavior distorts markets that would otherwise be efficient and provide for the energy needs of all countries at a reasonable price and exacerbates corruption in the region.

Panelists will review the history of political influence in European energy markets, focusing on the political vs. commercial viability of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 and Turkstream projects compared to other efforts, such as the Southern Gas Corridor. They also will discuss the impact of pipeline politics on intra-European relations and the transatlantic relationship and explore a comprehensive way forward for the United States to achieve its commercial, national security, and foreign policy goals and allay the concerns of European allies.

Speakers will include:

  • Ed Chow, Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • David Koranyi, Senior Fellow, Energy Diplomacy, Atlantic Council
  • Colin Cleary, Director for Energy Diplomacy for Europe, Western Hemisphere and Africa, U.S. Department of State
  • Efgan Nifti, Executive Director, Caspian Policy Center

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