OTTAWA, June 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Recent developments in Ukraine and Russia
have forced the European Union (EU) to look at diversifying its
external energy supplies and upgrading its energy infrastructure. In
these times of uncertainty and rapid change, Canada can be a stable
ground for Europe. The conversation is changing in Europe and it is
important for Canadian businesses to seize the momentum.
Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce,
will lead a delegation of Canadian businesses and government
representatives to Brussels June 18-19 to discuss what Canada has to
offer and how we can deepen the relationship.
"As recent events have demonstrated, much of Europe's oil and gas is
imported from places with a proven willingness to use their petroleum
as a tool for geopolitical manipulation," stated Perrin Beatty. "The EU
has too few energy partners, dependable traders who share EU values
such as environmental protection and respect for democracy. Canada can
be an energy partner to the EU."
New Brunswick Energy and Mines Minister Craig Leonard, who will be
participating in the discussions alongside the Canadian Chamber of
Commerce delegation, added "Canada is clearly positioned to be an
important supplier to global energy markets and can assist the European
Union in diversifying their external energy supply. These discussions
on international partnerships highlight the energy sector's boundless
potential for economic growth in our country, and New Brunswick will
play a key role in providing the gateway for the flow of Canadian
energy to the east."
In addition to meeting with senior policy makers, business leaders and
key influencers, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration
with our partner association in Europe, BUSINESSEUROPE, is organizing
roundtable discussion on June 19 on how Canada can be a secure energy
partner for the EU.
"A closer energy partnership between Canada and the EU cannot happen
overnight, as it will take several years to build the requisite
infrastructure. But if we start today, we can build a future where
Canada provides a secure and environmentally responsible source of
energy for the people of Europe," concluded Perrin Beatty.
The European Council will hold a special meeting of the Heads of State
on Energy Security on June 26-27.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between
business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and
decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families
across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and
boards of trade, representing some 200, 000 businesses of all sizes in
all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are
available at Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.
SOURCE: Canadian Chamber of Commerce
For further information:
Émilie S. Potvin
Vice President, Public Relations & Stakeholder Engagement
Office: 613.238.4000 (231)