☷Joint Statement between the United States and the European Commission on European Energy Security
White House ( By Press Release office)
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On April 28 , the U . S . - EU Task Force on Energy Security met in person in Washington to discuss implementation of the March 25 Joint Statement by Presidents Biden and von der Leyen . The meeting , chaired by Amos Hochstein , U . S . Senior Advisor for Energy Security , and Björn Seibert , Head of Cabinet of the European Commission President , reviewed progress on diversifying natural gas supplies to Europe and reducing Europe’s demand for natural gas . The discussion followed two recent Task Force convenings that included senior U . S . and European Commission officials , representatives of EU Member States , and industry participants . The sides also discussed the EU Energy Purchase Platform and plans to establish a framework to accelerate diversification of gas supply , including additional LNG supplies . The sides also discussed options to reduce Europe’s demand for natural gas , including with the deployment of heat pumps , technologies that promote energy efficiency and savings such as smart thermostats , and renewable energy . In the coming weeks , work will continue at technical and senior officials’ levels , and the Task Force decided to reconvene in person in June , to assess progress on the workplan . ###
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