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The Legacy of Romano Prodi


Jeremy Rifkin serves as an advisor to the European Union on issues related to the economy, climate change, energy security, and sustainable development. He is currently advising the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša, during his presidency of the European Union (January to July 2008).  Mr. Rifkin recently advised the president of the European Union, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal (July to December 2007). Mr. Rifkin is also serving as the principal senior advisor to the leadership group of the European Parliament on the European Union Hydrogen Economy Initiative. Mr. Rifkin also serves as an informal advisor the European Commission, the governing body of the European Union.

Mr. Rifkin has also advised Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, and Romano Prodi, the Prime Minister of Italy, on energy and economic related issues. His position papers for Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Prodi have been helpful in the preparation of the official energy policy for both governments. He is currently advising the Italian government, Prime Minister Jose Zapatero of Spain, and other heads of state around the world. 

Mr. Rifkin served as an advisor to Romano Prodi when he was president of the European Commission- the governing body of the European Union. In that capacity, he developed the initial strategic memorandum for the EU outlining the game plan for a hydrogen infrastructure across Europe. The plan he outlined was subsequently accepted by President Prodi and became the basis for a multi-billion dollar research and development initiative across the EU to wean Europe off of fossil fuel dependency, and into renewable energy and a hydrogen regime.

In the U.S., Mr. Rifkin advised the Democratic Policy Committee of the U.S. Senate on how to develop an exit-strategy from oil and usher in a hydrogen economy for the country. Mr. Rifkin subsequently spoke at a lunch hosted for him in the U.S. Senate where he briefed all of the Democratic senators on how to address the energy crisis, global warming and the transition to renewable energies and a hydrogen based future.

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Rifkin Advising Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany
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