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On 22 February 2017 His Excellency Wali MONAWAR, the new Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Kingdom of Belgium was welcomed by Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák.

On 24 February 2017, a delegation of Iranian representatives comprised of government, industry and academia visited the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels in order to explore avenues of cooperation between Iran and the International Energy Charter

On 23 February 2017 H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Taha Mustafa met with Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák in Brussels to discuss the Ratification of the Energy Charter Treaty by the Republic of Yemen.  

On 23 February 2017 in Brussels, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák hosted an informal working lunch with the Ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has completed its regular semi-annual update of the Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator (updated as of 01 January 2017). In 2016, investors initiated 62 known investment cases pursuant to international investment agreements (IIAs). This number is lower than in the preceding year (74 cases in 2015), but higher than the 10-year average of 49 cases (2006-2015). The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) continues to be the most frequently...

On 7 February 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák and Transit Expert Mr Kanat Botbaev, attended a round table discussion at the European Parliament in Brussels on “EU-Central Asia Relations: Exploring New Potential.” The round table was hosted and moderated by Mr Eduard Kukan, Member of the European Parliament. 

As of 1 January 2017 Turkmenistan assumes the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference. At its 27th session held in Tokyo, the Conference appointed Mr Yagshygeldy Kakaev (Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan) as the Chair of the Conference and the Vice-chairs - Mr Dovranmammed Redjepov, (Minister of Energy of Turkmenistan), Mr Mihnea Constantinescu, (Ambassador at Large for Energy Security, Romania) and Mr Kazuo Kodama, (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of...

The Jubilee Medal - 25 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan - was awarded by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan His Excellency Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev, to Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák.

As of 01 January 2017, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu has started his service as Vice Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference. His nomination was approved by the decision of the 27th session of Energy Charter Conference on 25 November 2016 in Tokyo.

On 19-20 January 2017 in Stockholm Sweden, the first day of the event kicked off with the premiere of the film “The Quiet Triumph”, which focused on the importance of international arbitration for peaceful resolution of disputes, and for facilitating global trade.

On 31 January 2017, Turkmenistan President Mr Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov met with Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák to discuss international energy cooperation and the joint activities within the Chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the Energy Charter Conference for 2017.

On 31 January 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák held a number of meetings with high-level Government officials of Turkmenistan to discuss the priorities of the Turkmenistan Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for 2017. 

On 26 January 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat hosted the inaugural meeting of the Implementation Group, which resulted from the recent merging of the Investment Group, the Trade and Transit Group and the Energy Efficiency Group. 

The Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met Mr Francisco de la Flor, the Director of International Regulatory Affairs of Enagas, Spain, to discuss natural gas issues at national, regional and global levels on 24 January 2017.