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The global energy market faces new risks in an era of strong demand, tight capacity and high prices, and these risks - and the appropriate responses to them - were the subject of a major Conference organised in Brussels by the Energy Charter Secretariat in cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Opening the Conference, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Ria Kemper underlined that meeting future global energy requirements will require massive long-term investment in energy...

Following on from the successful Conference on Investment Arbitration and the Energy Charter Treaty, which took place in Stockholm in June 2005, the Energy Charter Secretariat organised a workshop on 20 October 2005 in Brussels for representatives of member and observer states on the dispute settlement mechanisms of the Energy Charter Treaty.

The Government of Belarus and the Energy Charter Secretariat held a workshop in Minsk on 22 June 2005 to examine the role of the Energy Charter Treaty.

Treaty-based investment arbitration is becoming increasingly important in international commerce; the vast majority of such investment cases were filed within the past three years, and the issues associated with investment arbitration are therefore of growing interest not only to governments but also to the business and legal communities. Within this overall picture, the Energy Charter Treaty occupies a singular position, providing a unique multilateral investment protection regime for the...

Ashgabat, 2-3 March 2005

Presentations and materials from the event can be found below.

On 14 December 2004, the 15th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference took place in Brussels, Belgium.

This Expert Meeting, which was chaired by Mr Steivan Defilla, was a follow-up to previous discussions in the Group on Trade on the compatibility of various policies and measures that aim at promoting the use of renewable energy with the provisions of the trade rules of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The objective of the Expert Meeting held on 2 November 2004 in Brussels was to establish a policy dialogue between officials dealing with trade, energy and...

The Energy Charter's Transit Protocol is an important 'missing link' in the legal framework necessary to support an open and integrated Eurasian energy market. This was the conclusion of a Conference on 'Energy Transit in Eurasia: Challenges and Perspectives' held in Brussels on 19-20 October 2004.

The Conference brought together over 150 participants from governments, energy companies, financial institutions and international organisations, with the aim of discussing the role of transit in...

On 15 June 2004, the 14th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference took place in Brussels, Belgium.

The International Energy Agency presented its latest publication on natural gas entitled 'Security of Gas Supply in Open Markets: LNG and Power at a Turning Point'.

In June 2003, the Energy Charter Conference welcomed the release of the Best Practices Guidelines on Restructuring (including Privatisation) in the Energy Sector. A year later, on 12 May 2004, the Energy Charter Secretariat organised a workshop to assess the restructuring experiences and seek to map the road ahead. The Workshop brought together representatives from governments, energy companies, international organisations, financial institutions, and regulators, with the objective to identify...

The Energy Charter Secretariat and the International Energy Agency organised a joint seminar on 5-6 May 2004 to discuss issues of investment, transit and trade in South-East Europe. Its main objective was to assess the viability of possible routes across Turkey and South East Europe paving the way for direct gas supply from the Caspian and Gulf regions to South East and Western Europe.

"It is evident that energy-supplying countries do need advanced technologies and foreign investments to develop their oil and gas reserves, and find a foothold in international and European natural gas markets". This was the opinion expressed by Dr Nejad Hosseinian, Deputy Petroleum Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, at a joint seminar organised in Tehran on 23 February 2004 by the Institute for International Energy Studies and the Energy Charter Secretariat.

On 10 December 2003, the 13th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference took place in Brussels, Belgium.

Conference organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat jointly with the European Union of the Natural Gas Industry (Eurogas) and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP). The countries of Eurasia have the potential to create a single market for natural gas. This was the conclusion of a Conference on 'Eurasian Natural Gas: Opportunities and Risks' held in Brussels on 12-13 November 2003.