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In Bern, Switzerland on 19-20 June, the Energy Charter Secretariat took part in a conference hosted by the World Trade Institute (WTI). The event titled; 'Is a Multilateral Investment Treaty Needed?' and was attended by more than 80 people. The conference was divided into four sessions: Background, the EU Proposal, The Relationship with Existing Treaties, and Future Steps. 

On 15 June, 2017, Energy Charter Secretariat Official, Dr Marat TERTEROV, addressed the annual Russian Gas Society conference: ‘Prospects for Russia-EU energy cooperation – gas aspects’ in Berlin, Germany. This event represents an ongoing effort by key Russian gas industry stakeholders to promote an energy dialogue with EU counterparts. The conference is one of the important European-level platforms where Russia and the EU can address their areas of common concern in the gas trade.

On 12-14 June 2017, at the ICSID's facilities in Washington, D.C., the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the International Energy Charter successfully conducted the first mediator accreditation training for investment disputes. 

On the margins of the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák held a number of bilateral meetings in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Kairat Abdrakhmanov hosted a meeting with Dr Rusnák and Vice-Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Mr Bakhytzhan Jaxaliyev, to discuss ongoing Energy Charter activities, including chairmanship of Turkmenistan, Energy Investment Risk Assessment and Energy Diplomatic...

On 6-7 June 2017, a team of officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) conducted a fact-finding mission to Islamabad, Pakistan, as part of the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) initiative, which covers a range of countries. The mission was hosted by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, government of Pakistan. The ECS team held a number of meetings in the context of the fact-finding mission, engaging stakeholders from, amongst other government agencies, the Ministry of...

The Ministerial Conference “Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy” took place in Astana, Kazakhstan on 11 June 2017. The Energy Ministerial meeting opened the work of the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development to address broad issues related to energy security, trade & infrastructure, the energy-climate, food nexus, and the development of renewable energy. The Forum is hosted by the Government of Kazakhstan under the auspices of the specialised Astana EXPO 2017...

It is with great sadness that the Energy Charter Secretariat has learned of the passing of Azerbaijan Minister of Energy Natiq Aliyev. At this time, on behalf of the International Energy Charter family, Dr Urban Rusnák expresses his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and to Azerbaijan President Mr Ilham Aliyev. 

From May 29 to June 2 Belarus received a delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) to assess the investment climate in the country’s energy sector and support the country in developing its energy efficiency policy. As the aim was two-fold this took the form of a fact-finding mission in the run-up to ECS’s upcoming publication—the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA)—as well as a first meeting of the EU4Energy Task-force for Scaling up Energy Efficiency Investments in Belarus.

The Energy Charter Secretariat Knowledge Centre delivered the tenth edition of its series of Executive Training Programmes for Young Professionals in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan during 1-2 June, 2017. The training was held under the auspices of the current Chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the Energy Charter Conference. This two-day long programme brought together more than one hundred participants, including some 60 officials from Turkmenistan’s oil, gas and electricity sectors.

Energy transit, dispute resolution and investment protection under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) were the key themes addressed during a workshop jointly organized by the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources of Pakistan and held at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on June 5, 2017.  

Following the successful conclusion of the Ashgabat International Energy Charter Forum on 30-31 May 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan organised an Energy Media Forum dedicated to the 28th Session of the Energy Charter Conference to be held in November in Ashgabat. The aim of the event was to brief representatives of the diplomatic corps and international mass media on the chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the Energy Charter Conference in 2017. 

On the 31 May 2017 a group of students studying International Economic Law and Policy from the University of Barcelona visited the Energy Charter Secretariat to learn more about the current trends regarding the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The core business issues such as cross-border trade, transit and investment protection are at the heart of specialised studies of numerous universities across the world. The Secretariat promotes the knowledge about the ECT by collaborating with academic...

On 30-31 May 2017, the Government of Turkmenistan and International Energy Charter jointly organised the Ashgabat International Energy Charter Forum in Turkmenistan on the topic of “Towards a Multilateral Framework Agreement on Transit of Energy Resources”. Over 100 participants including Ministers, high-level officials and leading experts from member and observer countries of the International Energy Charter, international organisations, energy companies and research institutions participated...

On the 1st of May 2017, Ashgabat gathered the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan  for the 6th meeting within the framework “Central Asia-Japan Dialogue”. The Ministers, having considered the results of long-term cooperation in the framework of the Dialogue and having discussed the prospects for further strengthening the mutually beneficial partnership, made an official declaration highlighting among other aspects, the fruitful...

From 22 to 24 May 2017 the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) conducted a fact-finding mission to Armenia to assess the investment climate in the country’s energy sector. This mission was undertaken in the run-up to a new publication, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA), and in the context of Armenia’s participation in the EU4Energy Programme.