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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. 

On 21 April 2017, Energy Charter Secretariat organised an Expert Coordination meeting on the EU strategy for Central Asia, with representatives of the European Union and Central Asia. The meeting was attended by the European External Action Service, DG Development and Cooperation, DG Energy, and representatives of five Central Asian Embassies to Brussels. The aim of the meeting was to contribute to the consultation process initiated by the European Union to reconsider its cooperation priorities...

On 11 May 2017, the International Energy Charter will host a seminar on investment mediation for government officials. The interactive and informal seminar aims 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 Energy Charter Secretariat is pleased to announce the final stages of preparation for an office-to-office move due to take place in Brussels Belgium during the week of 18-21 April. As of 24 April 2017, all functions related to the International Energy Charter activities will take place at the new premises: Boulevard de la Woluwe, 46 B-1200 Brussels Belgium

The Energy Charter Secretariat is currently hosting two African energy experts, Mr Usama Kaggwa of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda, and Mr Mzwandile Thwala of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy of Swaziland, who are working on national energy efficiency reports and strategies in line with the common principles of the International Energy Charter. They will present their work on Thursday 20 April 2017 at a “Lunchtime Conference External Cooperation Infopoint”...

Poland has designated its Embassies in Islamabad and Tehran as Energy Charter Liaison Embassies (ECLE). The Energy Charter Secretariat is grateful to Poland for its assistance in developing cooperation and involving Pakistan and Iran in the Energy Charter Process.

On 23 March 2017 the Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) of the Energy Charter held its 39th meeting in Warsaw, Poland. The meeting was hosted by Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM and was followed by a study visit to the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, Poland on 24 March. IAP session on LNG was attended by over 70 participants from the energy sector and governments. 

The International Energy Charter, represented by Sarah Keay-Bright, participated in the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) and the G20 Sustainability Working Group (SWG) discussions, held on 22-23 March 2017, in Berlin. Discussions centred around the development of an action plan on climate and energy for growth. The German Presidency of the G20 led the discussions with the objective of achieving agreement on areas for G20 cooperation and action in relation to accelerating the energy...

On 30-31 May, the Government of Turkmenistan, as the Chair of the Energy Charter Conference in 2017, and the International Energy Charter will jointly organise the Ashgabat International Energy Charter Forum on the topic of “Towards a Multilateral Framework Agreement on Transit of Energy Resources”. The Forum will be followed by the International Energy Media Forum to brief representatives of diplomatic corps in Turkmenistan and mass media on the Energy Charter Process and priorities of...

The Republic of Kenya has joined the International Energy Charter following its signature by the Honourable Charles Keter, EGH, Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, in a ceremony held on 20 March 2017 at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, which was also attended by H.E. Johnson Weru Ambassador of Kenya, H.E. Ata Serdarov Ambassador of Turkmenistan, H.E. Wepke Kingma Ambassador of the Netherlands,  H.E. Mirjam Blaak Ambassador of Uganda, H.E. Olivier Nduhungirehe Ambassador of Rwa...

On 12 May 2017, the International Energy Charter, the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) will jointly host the Brussels International Energy Charter Forum on the topic of Mobilising Investments For A Sustainable Energy Future. The one day event will take place at the Energy Charter Secretariat's new...

On 16 March 2017, H.E. Jacqueline Marie Zaba Nikiéma, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Burkina Faso to the Kingdom of Belgium and Permanent Representative to the European Union, signed the International Energy Charter. It follows the signature of Benin, ChadMauritania, Niger and Nigeria, and two regional organisations to which Burkina Faso is a member, namely ECOWAS and G5 Sahel. The universal principles of the International Energy Charter underpin cross-border electricity trade...

On 16 March 2017, the Implementation Group held its meeting at the Energy Charter Secretariat which was chaired by the Vice Chair Ms. Klara Rakhmetova (Kazakhstan). The aim of the meeting was to identify particular issues and problems related to energy transit within the Energy Charter constituency. 

On 13 March 2017, OPEC Secretary General Mr Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo hosted a meeting with Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna Austria.

The 10th of March 2017 marked the official opening of the EU4ENERGY Governance Project regional office in Tbilisi. The regional office will coordinate the project’s activities aimed at improving the energy legislative and regulatory framework in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The project is funded by the European Union and co-financed and implemented by the Energy Community Secretariat and the Energy Charter Secretariat