On 6 February 2008, the European Commission and World Energy Council (WEC) held a joint seminar in Brussels. It followed the WEC’s report on Europe’s vulnerability to energy crises and the measures it recommended to overcome these issues. The subjects covered included the promotion of renewables, energy mix diversification, the re-integration of the nuclear option in policy and public debate, targeted R&D for new technologies and enhanced cooperation at EU level. The second part of the seminar was an exchange of views about the Commission’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan, which considered a range of activities such as second generation biofuels, carbon capture and storage technologies, and boosting the competitiveness of photovoltaic electricity. Progress in these areas will be reviewed at a European Energy Technology Summit in 2009.