EU Energy Policy - Challenges & Solutions: A View from the Lithuanian EU Presidency     Print Email
Wednesday, 13 November 2013

On November 13, 2013, The European Institute in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania convened a special meeting on the European Union’s rapidly changing energy landscape. The Honorable Jaroslav Neverovic, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania; Ambassador Carols Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the U.S. Department of State;  François Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union; and Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland offered their perspectives.  Their exchange focused on the Baltic Region’s efforts to end its status as an “energy island,” completion of the European Union’s single energy market, improving European energy connectivity, supply diversification, and the importance of regional and transatlantic cooperation in ensuring energy security.

 
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    By Patricia Paoletta, Washington DC

    The latest World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) wrapped up in late November after four long weeks of negotiations between 3400 delegates from around 165 Member States. All in all, the WRC resulted in positive outcomes for both 5G and Wi-Fi, and will benefit both the U.S. and Europe's communications agendas, particularly with respect to the decisions on spectrum to be allocated for the all-important 5G service. The effect will be to ensure the more rapid development of the next generation of mobile broadband in a manner consistent with U.S. planning and existing development.  Debates on 5G dominated the conference, but allocations for high-altitude platform stations (“HAPS”) sought by U.S. based firms were also favorable. As a result, plans to provide additional internet service to underserved areas may be accelerated.

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (rmckenzi@umd.edu).

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The Bertelsmann Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges.

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