Ambassador Sondland’s Welcome Remarks at the First U.S.-EU Energy Council High-Level B2B Forum

Ambassador Sondland’s opening remarks (as prepared)
First U.S.-EU Energy Council High Level B2B Forum:
Towards large-scale U.S. LNG exports to the EU’s gas market: competitive pricing, infrastructure investments and technological innovation.
May 2, 2019
Brussels, Belgium

Hello, and thanks to Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, Director General for Energy Dominique Ristori and the rest of European Commission for welcoming us here today for the FIRST U.S.-EU Energy Council High-Level Business to Business Energy Forum!

Let me also thank our key collaborators and LNG Allies, the European Centre of Employers and C.L.N.G. who helped us bring the best and brightest from industry together today. I appreciate your hard work.

I am very happy to welcome U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry back to Brussels—welcome Mr. Secretary. Your participation here provides an opportunity to highlight the Department of Energy’s tremendous work to supercharge energy production as a key driver of the President’s pro-growth agenda.

You’ve also been a very strong supporter of the transatlantic relationship and an advocate for European energy security. Thank you.

In their Joint Statement of July 25, 2018, President Trump and President Junker agreed to strengthen strategic cooperation with respect to energy. They agreed on the benefits of expanded exports of U.S. LNG for transatlantic energy security and the diversification of European energy supplies.

Today’s event is a concrete example of U.S.-EU cooperation following up to that agreement by bringing together U.S. and European decision-makers from companies for business-to-business matchmaking in the LNG sector. Let’s make some deals.

Director General Ristori, Secretary Perry — Miguel I look forward to your keynote remarks. The podium is yours.