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On 16 November 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák addressed delegates of the high-level segment of COP23 of UNFCC in Bonn. In his statement, Dr Urban Rusnák, promoted the Energy Charter Treaty as a valuable multilateral and legally-binding instrument that could help mobilise the large flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) that countries need to meet their Paris Agreement commitments. The Treaty helps governments provide the long-term and predictable legal framework that...

On 17 November 2017, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met with H.E. Parviz Shahbazov, Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan and H.E. Fuad Isgandarov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Belgium. The Secretary General informed the Minister on the ongoing processes within the Energy Charter and the discussion on the modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty, including its transit and investment protection provisions. Minister Shahbazov acknowledged the value of the Energy Charter and in...

On 8 November 2017 the Energy Charter Conference welcomed the first Energy Charter Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) Report, being the outcome of a pilot undertaken by the Energy Charter Secretariat with the aim to assist governments in shaping a better investment climate for investment in their energy sectors. To this end the EIRA Report identifies policy, regulatory and legal risks. It highlights strengths of countries and shows areas for improvement.

The Energy Charter Secretariat Knowledge Centre hosted another impressive intake of young professionals in Executive Energy Training Program No.11 during three action packed days from 6-8 November, 2017. As reflected by the title of this particular sequence of the training, this was truly an ‘investment arbitration masterclass’. This intensive three day exercise in knowledge transfer focused on providing budding arbitrators, legal councils and a host of energy professionals with hands of...

On 8 November 2017 in Yerevan Armenia, EU4Energy put on a high-level conference on unlocking the energy efficiency potential of Armenia’s residential and public buildings. The conference was co-organised by the Directorate-General of Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG-NEAR) of the European Commission, the Energy Charter Secretariat and the International Energy Agency in close cooperation with the EU Delegation in Armenia and hosted by the Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and...

Modernisation of the International Energy Charter as an element of global energy transformation effort has been discussed in depth at the X International Scientific Conference - ENERGETIKA XXI - in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák presented to the audience recent achievements of the modernisation and expansion of the International Energy Charter. 

On 9 November 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat experienced disruption to its connected services available to the public, its website and telephone system.

On 8 November 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák conducted several bilateral meetings with high-level representatives of the Armenian government. Jointly with Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, Dr. Rusnák opened the solar power plant, called Talin 1, in Armenia’s Aragatsotn region. This project was made possible by joint national and foreign investors. 

On 7 November 2017 in Yerevan Armenia, the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia co-organised a high-level roundtable on investment in Armenia’s energy sector. The purpose of the event was to discuss ways in which Armenia’s investment climate could be further improved in order to augment investments in the country’s energy sector as a whole. Overall, more than 40 representatives from government institutions, the energy industry,...

The 14th meeting of the Energy Charter Task Force on Regional Energy Cooperation in Central and South Asia (RECA) is being held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 7-8 November. The meeting is organised by the International Energy Charter in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan and USAID Energy Links project. 

On 31 October - 1 November 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat conducted a Mission to Iran at the invitation of the Iranian government. Knowledge Centre Coordinator, Dr Marat TERTEROV, travelled to Iran in order to make preparations for Iran’s participation in the 28th Annual Energy Charter Conference due to be held in Ashgabad, Turkmenistan at the end of November 2017. 

Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák is participating in the 22nd Turkmenistan International Oil & Gas Conference (OGT) which takes place in Ashgabat on 2-3 November 2017. OGT is a leading regional and international event that brings together top-level leaders to discuss key issues of international energy cooperation and global energy security. Dr Rusnák contributed to the plenary session of the Conference on the role of the International Energy Charter in shaping the strategies for...

On 30 October 2017, Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary-General of the International Energy Charter, paid a fruitful visit to the Spanish State Secretary for Energy, Mr. Daniel Navia Simon. The visit was part of the comprehensive political consultation initiated by the Secretary-General regarding the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty.

The Energy Charter Secretariat participated in discussions during the Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7) attended by Ministers, Vice Ministers, heads of International Organisations and industry leaders. The Roundtable was organised in three plenary sessions: Oil markets - investment and security challenges in a world in transition; Natural Gas - Market and policy hurdles to the golden age of gas; and Disruptive Technologies and Energy Future - Impacts challenges and preparation.

H. E. Darío Ernesto Chirú Ochoa, Ambassador of Panama to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Gran Duchy of Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union, signed the 2015 International Energy Charter at the Secretariat on 26 October 2017 in the presence of the Secretary General Urban Rusnák and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Belgium, Mr. Merdan Gayypov, representing the country holding the Energy Charter Chairmanship.