WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) has invited European members of the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue to engage with members of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power next Thursday, November 5, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The event will be co-chaired by Chairman Jerzy Buzek of the European Parliament.
The Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue (TLD) is the formal exchange between Congress and the European Parliament, with semi-annual meetings that began in 1972. Subcommittee members will host members of the European Parliament next week to discuss a broad range of energy issues that collectively impact the energy security of the United States and our European allies. Earlier this year, bipartisan members of the committee traveled to key energy and policy hubs across Europe where they received an outpouring of appreciation from allies who were optimistic about a future where we can partner together. This forum seeks to build on the work and relationships formed during that trip and the committee’s work examining opportunities to strengthen energy security, lower energy prices, and improve economic competitiveness.
Chairman Buzek said, “Energy policy is becoming a key pillar of EU-US relations. I am very happy that we will have the opportunity to build on previous talks and discuss the main policy components: energy security and energy trade. In times when the USA is becoming a net exporter of energy and the EU is pursuing the Energy Union strategy to integrate our member states’ markets, diversify supplies and develop new technologies, we need a closer than every and practically permanent parliamentary dialogue with our counterparts in the Congress. I look forward to a fruitful discussion in Washington.”
Chairman Fred Upton stated, “This forum provides a unique opportunity to have a personal and constructive conversation with our European allies on how we can enhance our mutual energy security and economic well being. We look forward to exploring how America’s energy abundance can drive economic growth, promote jobs, and enhance our energy security here at home and abroad for our European allies. We’re delighted to welcome Chairman Buzek and members of the European Parliament to Capitol Hill next week.”
A live webcast of the forum will be available here.