Event: ‘The Black Sea: A New Energy Source for Western Europe?’


12DATE: 12th December 2016, 12.30 – 13.30

VENUE: Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

David Buchan
Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
James Wilson Founding Director, EU Romania Business Society

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The election of Donald Trump as US President and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union have forced governments and business leaders across Europe to re-examine issues of national security and economic sovereignty.  As the winter months approach, our attention naturally turns to energy supplies for the UK and the rest of Europe: Are they secure? Are they sufficiently diverse?

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event to explore how these topics impact national priorities and decision-making. David Buchan will examine checks against Russian power and influence in the European energy sector, including resource flows from Kazakhstan and increasing capital from Chinese investors.  James Wilson, meanwhile, will consider one Black Sea country in particular: Romania. He will look at the prospects for the country to exploit its Black Sea location in order to become a key hub for exporting oil into Europe. Is the Romanian investment climate ready to enable the country’s energy potential?

David Buchan is Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Educated in Oxford and Geneva, he began his writing career in 1970 at The Economist. In 1975 he joined the Financial Times, where he remained until 2006. In addition to being energy editor from 2000-2002, he was also a foreign correspondent posted in Brussels, Washington DC, and Paris. When based in London, he was successively east Europe editor, defence correspondent, diplomatic editor and editorial writer. At OIES, he specialises in the energy and climate policy of the European Union. He is the author of Energy and Climate Change: Europe at the Crossroads (OUP, 2009) as well as The Rough Guide to the Energy Crisis (Penguin, 2010).

James Wilson is a Founding Director of the EU Romania Business Society (EUROBUS), an independent business organisation that promotes trade and investment between Romania and the EU. He has an international business career with global experience in government relations and corporate communications. He is currently a Senior Adviser with Fipra Public Affairs, and prior to joining Fipra was Head of International Government Relations for the InterContinental Hotels Group. Based in Brussels, James is a regular contributor to publications covering business news in Eastern Europe


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