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Brussels, 20 November 2008

Brazil and the EU deepen energy relations with the first Ministerial meeting of the EC-Brazil Energy Policy Dialogue

Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, and the Minister of Mines and Energy of Brazil, Edison Lobão met today in São Paulo to enhance bilateral energy cooperation in the frame of the European Commission-Brazil Energy Policy Dialogue. This is the first meeting at Ministerial level since the launch of the bilateral energy dialogue in Brussels in July 2007. The encounter was held in the context of Commissioner Piebalgs' first visit to Brazil to participate in the 2nd International Biofuels Conference.

"Today, we have confirmed our commitment to building up constructive EU-Brazil cooperation and partnership in the energy sector, towards achieving sustainable and reliable energy supplies. The clear understanding we have reached, both on our policies and priorities for bilateral cooperation in the energy field, constitute valuable preparation for the upcoming EU-Brazil Summit in Rio de Janeiro, on 22 December. Brazil plays a leading role as a stabilizing and reliable partner in Latin America. Its importance in the biofuels, energy supply security and climate change debate makes it a privileged partner of the EU in energy related matters, and this is why I am looking forward to the early adoption of EU-Brazil Joint Action Plan, under the Strategic Partnership established a year ago ", said the Commissioner after his meeting with the Minister.

Mr Edison Lobão welcomed the first meeting of the Brazil-EC Regular Energy Policy Dialogue. Recalling that Brazil and the EU are key players in the energy sector, as consumers, producers, and also as centres for technological development and innovation in this domain, he expressed the willingness of the Brazilian government to deepen cooperation and exchange of experiences with the European Commission in this area.

The parties debriefed on their respective new policy initiatives and shared views on global energy trends. The Commissioner outlined the main priorities included in the most recent wide-ranging energy package presented in Brussels on 13 November, which gives a new boost to EU energy security, solidarity and efficiency, and embraces a strengthened external energy policy action for the European Union.

Minister Lobão informed the Commissioner about recent developments in the brazilian energy sector, with special regard to the new "pre salt" oil fields, and to the constant development of the ethanol and biodiesel sectors in the country.

The two energy leaders decided to focus their cooperation for 2009 on four main areas:

  • Exchange of experiences and technical consultations on regulatory issues for competitive energy markets, including investment opportunities;
  • Energy efficiency and demand management, in particular through the participation at the multilateral International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) launched by the G8+5 countries;
  • Joint research efforts in second generation biofuels, using the upcoming EU-Brazil coordinated research to be announced in January 2009;
  • Promotion of EU-Brazil industrial cooperation on low carbon technologies, including inter alia clean coal, as well as research on nuclear energy and cooperation on nuclear safety, paying particular attention to safe and sustainable technologies.

Bilateral technical consultations will follow in the coming weeks on these matters.

Moreover, the parties confirmed their support for continued cooperation on sustainability for biofuels and the promotion of scientific studies and technological innovation aimed at guaranteeing long term sustainability of bio-energy production, including in the context of the Global Bio-energy Partnership and the International Biofuels Forum.

The EC-Brazil Energy Policy Dialogue agreement was signed in Brussels in July 2007, on the occasion of President Lula's visit to the Commission. Set up in the context of the EC-Brazil Cooperation Framework of 1995, its main objective is to facilitate the exchange of views between the EU and Brazil in all aspects related to energy security and sustainability, as well as to develop bilateral cooperation in areas of common concern.

For more information:

IP/07/1025: The European Union deepens energy relations with Brazil

IP/08/880: EU and Brazil meet to discuss Strategic Partnership

EU-Brazil relations at Relex homepage:

International cooperation on DG TREN website  (some links from this page are still under construction):

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