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The Energy Charter Secretariat hosted a reception in the evening of 11 May 2017 on the occasion of the new premises at 46 Boulevard de la Woluwe, B-1200 Brussels. The reception was very well attended by the Brussels diplomatic community, a wide range of energy stakeholders and investment lawyers and experts coming from capitals across the world. Earlier on the same day, the new offices hosted a meeting of the Implementation Group of the Energy Charter Conference and a Seminar on Investment...

The Republic of Mali has joined the International Energy Charter following its signature by H.E. Ambassador  Sekou Goussou CISSE in a ceremony held in Brussels on  12 May 2017 at the Secretariat in Brussels. The Netherlands, depository of the International Energy Charter, and the Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák welcomed the 14th African State to have signed the International Energy Charter. The Secretariat hopes to further deepen its collaboration and projects with G5 Sahel countries including...

The Conference “EU-Central Asia: Reaching Sustainable Development Goals” was organized by the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU and the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in Belgium on 18 March 2017. The aim of the Conference was to discuss the challenges of sustainable development in Central Asia with a focus on Tajikistan and identify possible ways for enhanced cooperation between the EU and Central Asia.

On May 12, 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) hosted the International Energy Charter Forum in Brussels. The event was jointly organized with Florence School of Regulation (FSR), Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). Over 100 participants were in attendance, representing the industry, governments, legal circles, and academics. Most of them joined the...

On 16 May 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr Sirodjidin Aslov welcomed the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák at the Embassy of Tajikistan in Brussels. The Secretary General updated the Minister of ongoing activities within the International Energy Charter and focused on the bilateral issues related to the finalisation of the Investment Climate and Market Structure review of Tajikistan. Dr Rusnák also updated on his recent initiative on Energy...

From 9-11 May 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) conducted a fact-finding mission to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in the run-up to a new publication, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA). This year about 10 countries are to be assessed, which will be followed by a comparative analysis. The Mongolian government hosted this first fact-finding mission, during which a number of representatives from governmental institutions and industrial organisations were interviewed.

Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met with the Ambassador of Turkey to the European Union, H.E. Mr Faruk Kaymakci, at the Secretariat on 11 May 2017. Ambassador Kaymakci highlighted the importance of the energy sector for Turkey and expressed Turkey’s full support to the Energy Charter Secretariat to achieve its long term goals and to expand the geographical scope of the Energy Charter Treaty (ETC).

On 11 May 2017 the Energy Charter Secretariat held an interactive seminar on investment mediation to provide government officials with a practical understanding of the key issues involved in investment mediation with foreign investors and with relevant advice on how to deal with potential obstacles. The seminar gathered government officials from 15 countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, as well as the European Union

On 11 May 2017, the Implementation Group held its third meeting at the new premises of the Energy Charter Secretariat, based in Brussels. The meeting, chaired by Vice Chair Mr. Johan Vetlesen (Norway), was orientated around energy efficiency and particular legal issues relevant to the International Energy Charter constituency. 

In light of the rapidly expanding cooperation currently emerging between the International Energy Charter and Iran, on 9 May 2017, the Energy Charter Secretary General, Dr Urban Rusnák, was received by the Ambassador of Iran in Brussels, H.E. Peiman Seadat.

The Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met with the Ambassador of Iraq H.E. Dr Jawad Al-Hindawy in Brussels on 8 May 2017. Iraq is a recent signatory of the International Energy Charter having signed on 26 November 2016 and as such benefits from the status of Observer to the Energy Charter Conference. 

On 3-4 May 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák held a number of meetings with high-level Government officials of Romania to discuss the priorities of the Romania Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for 2018. 

On 4 May 2017, the Inaugural meeting of the Inter-Ministerial working group met to discuss a draft Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency law of Azerbaijan. The meeting was organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat within the implementation of EU4Energy Governance programme for Azerbaijan. The Inter-Ministerial working group is chaired by Mr. G. Javadov, Deputy Minister of Energy.

For the past three months, the Energy Charter Secretariat hosted Mr Mzwandile Thwala, of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy of Swaziland for the objective of developing an Energy Efficiency Policy for Swaziland. The policy aims to ensure energy efficiency plays its full role in the development of the country as an energy resource.

During 19-21 April 2017, a delegation of officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat conducted a visit to Iran in order to explore how Iran’s recent signature of the International Energy Charter can be of practical benefit for the country. Iran signed the International Energy Charter in November 2016 in Tokyo, leading to the emergence of a number of work-streams and cooperation initiatives with the Energy Charter Secretariat since that time.