Nikos Tsafos: Good morning. Good afternoon. Good evening. My name is Nikos Tsafos and I’m the James Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics here at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

And I’m so delighted to welcome today to CSIS the European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson. Commissioner Simson is here for the meeting of the U.S.-EU Energy Council that happened yesterday with Secretaries Blinken, Granholm, and the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell. So we’re here to talk about that but also, of course, so many things happening on the topic of European Energy, both in terms of the current moment but also where Europe wants to go. So it’s great to have you here at CSIS.

One piece of logistics before we start our conversation. You’re watching this online, there’s a button for you to submit a question. Please do so. My colleagues will get those questions to me as we go along. I will do my best to integrate them into the conversation.