- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 1, 2007

EU’s energy alarm

Europe’s national security depends on reducing its reliance on foreign energy and finding new ways to save fuel, the ambassador from the European Union said at a congressional hearing.

“The EU’s dependency on imports threatens not only its security of supply, but it also implies higher prices,” Ambassador John Bruton said in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee.

If oil soars to $100 a barrel, the financial shock would rattle through the economy for decades, resulting in 50 percent higher fuel costs by 2030 unless Europe acts now to reverse its wasteful energy consumption, he said.

“While Europeans would have to pay a lot more for their energy, few additional jobs in the EU would be created this way,” Mr. Bruton told the panel last week. “In contrast, boosting investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy and new technologies has wide-reaching benefits and would contribute to the EU’s strategy for growth and jobs.”

The EU recently initiated a “comprehensive, integrated and ambitious” policy to save energy and “fight climate change,” he added.

Search for survivors

The German Embassy opened a nationwide search for Holocaust survivors to help expand an international registry of victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.

Ambassador Klaus Scharioth told German consulates throughout the United States to assist in the project and wrote a letter to 100 organizations in Germany, calling on them to join the search. The registry is a project of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

“The database so far contains information on over 195,000 survivors and their families worldwide,” he said in announcing the embassy’s role in assisting the museum.

“Each additional contact thus represents an important contribution to confronting the past. Expanding the database will create an unprecedented opportunity to rediscover those missing from the time of the Holocaust.”

The registry includes the names of living Holocaust survivors as well as those who died since World War II.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

Leszek Balcerowicz, former president of the National Bank of Poland and former deputy prime minister and minister of finance for Poland. He discusses the economic futures of new members of the European Union in a lecture at Georgetown University.

Nikolay Petrov and Masha Lipman of the Carnegie Moscow Center, who discuss the current state of Russian democracy in a forum at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Tomorrow

Franciszek Adamczyk, chairman of the defense committee of the Polish Senate; Slawomir Kulakowski, chairman of the Polish Chamber of Manufacturers for Defense; Krzysztof Kurzydlowski, deputy minister of science; Krzysztof Stanczyk of the Polish Institute of Mining; and Witold Wisniowski, chief executive officer the Polish Institute of Aviation. They address the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Andreas Andrianopoulos, Greece’s former minister of industry and energy, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Patricia Kameri-Mbote, chairwoman of the Department of Private Law at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, who participates in a panel discussion on environmental conflict at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Roberto Rodrigues, Brazil’s former minister of agriculture and co-chairman of the Interamerican Ethanol Commission, who discusses the future of biofuels in a forum at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Wednesday

Hom Raj Acharya, a literacy advocate in Nepal, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.


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