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As a result of the Strategy Group's work, the Energy Charter Conference at its meeting on 24 November 2010 adopted the Road Map for the Modernisation of the Energy Charter Process. The Road Map sets out specific tasks to be pursued in the medium term, in areas covering the expansion of the Energy Charter Treaty's geographical scope, transit and cross-border trade, emergency response, investment promotion and protection, energy efficiency, energy security and interdependence and the effectiveness...

Dr. Dario Chello, Energy Charter Secretariat Director for Energy Efficiency and Investment, spoke at the "Russian Energy" International Conference held in Dubai, on 7-8 February 2011. In his presentation he argued why global governance in the field of energy efficiency could prove to be the appropriate mechanism to address various urgent concerns facing the world of energy. Dr. Chello also highlighted the timely opportunity for modernising the Energy Charter Protocol on Energy Efficiency and...

On 27 January 2011, the Secretary General André Mernier spoke at the European Gas Conference in Vienna, Austria. During this event, the political and commercial players of the European natural gas scene discussed the development and status of the industry. The Secretary General's address dealt with the role of the Energy Charter in 2011.

The Energy Charter Conference adopted a Public Statement on supporting the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) at its 21st meeting in Brussels on 24 November 2010. In the Public Statement the members of the Energy Charter Treaty have expressed their support of the EITI and acknowledged the importance of transparency in the transit of energy materials and products.

Today the Secretary General of the Energy Charter Ambassador Andre Mernier has made a presentation in Saint-Petersburg at the III International Conference "Energetika XXI: economy, policy, ecology", organised by the Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance.

Experts from Switzerland, Sweden and Kazakhstan, supported by staff from the Energy Charter Secretariat, visited Ulaanbaatar from 5 till 8 July 2010, for the first In-Depth Energy Efficiency Review of Mongolia. The Mongolian Ministry for Mineral Resources and Energy invited the peer review team to assess the progress of the country in fulfilling commitments under the Protocol for Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects (PEEREA) and recent developments in the national energy and energ...

The Syrian Arab Republic became an Energy Charter Observer on 28 June 2010, when the Ambassador of Syria to the European Union, H.E. Mr. Mohamad Ayman Soussan, signed the 1991 Energy Charter on behalf of his country.

The official ceremony took place in Brussels in the presence of the Netherlands Energy Envoy, Mr. Jan-Meinte Postma, who represented the Energy Charter depository state, the Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference Amb. Selim Kuneralp, the Energy Charter Secretary General Amb....

The Secretary General of the Energy Charter, Ambassador André Mernier, today expressed his concern about recent developments with regard to the gas dispute between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. This dispute over payments for gas supplies and transit is a commercial matter. Still it is important to draw attention to the principle of uninterrupted transit, which is a core element of the Energy Charter Treaty.

On June 8, 2010, the Energy Charter Deputy Secretary General, Amb. Vladimir Rakhmanin delivered an opening statement at the High-Level International Conference on the mid-term comprehensive review of the implementation of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life 2005-2015", which took place in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe.

On 18-19 May 2010, the Secretary General André Mernier visited the capital of Uzbekistan to meet with high-level government officials and to discuss the ways for enhanced energy cooperation among the Central Asian republics.

On 7 April 2010, H.E. Ambassador Selim Kuneralp was appointed Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference. The new Chairman is currently Ambassador, Permanent Delegate, of the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union and has enjoyed a distinguished career with the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Previously he worked as an official at the GATT, served as the Turkish ambassador in Sweden and South Korea, as the Director General of the Directorate for Policy Planning of the Turkish MFA and most...

On 22 March 2010, the Energy Charter Conference approved a mandate for the establishment of a Strategy Group. The creation of the Strategy Group follows the adoption of the Rome Statement at the 20th Meeting of the Conference on 9 December 2009.

The Rome Statement provided a political agreement on measures to advance the Energy Charter Process and its modernisation. With the adoption of the Rome Statement, the Charter Conference recognised that the Energy Charter Process must reflect new...

On 22 March 2010, the Energy Charter Secretary General, Ambassador André Mernier, opened the 6th Asian Gas Summit in New Delhi, India. In his keynote presentation the Secretary General highlighted the dynamic character of Asia's energy markets. He noted that the pace of growth in these markets had already exceeded many predictions and looks set to continue in the decade ahead. Indeed, global growth in energy demand is increasingly driven by Asia with the

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Following the successful ratification by thirty-five Energy Charter Treaty Signatory states, the Trade Amendment to the Energy Charter Treaty has entered into force on 21 January 2010.* This brings the Treaty's trade provisions, which were initially based on the trading regime of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), into line with the rules and practices of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

On 9 October 2009, the Energy Charter Secretary General Amb. André Mernier addressed the 55th Atlantic Treaty Association General Assembly meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, on the issue of "Promoting Energy Security in the Black Sea Region: the Role of the Energy Charter Treaty". In his speech the Secretary General highlighted the dual role of the Black Sea as a major energy transit region with global importance and as an emerging energy producer region of considerable potential.