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On 1-2 September 2009, the Secretary General André Mernier paid an official visit to Beijing upon the invitation of the Chinese authorities. China became an observer to the Energy Charter Conference in 2001. Meetings held with high ranking officials of the Chinese government provided an opportunity to discuss current challenges in the energy sector, the role of international organisations, such as the Energy Charter, and China's involvement in the Energy Charter Process.

On 6 July 2009, Ukraine submitted to the Energy Charter Treaty Depository the instrument of ratification of the Amendment to the Trade-related Provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine earlier this year. Ukraine is the thirty-fourth state to ratify the Trade Amendment. The Trade Amendment is set to enter into force upon ratification by at least thirty-five Energy Charter Treaty member states, in accordance with Articles 42 and 44 of the Energy Charter...

The Energy Charter attended the G8 Ministers of Energy meeting held in Rome on 24-25 May 2009. This was the first occasion that the Energy Charter participated in the work of the G8. The Charter's contribution was focused in Session Three of the meeting which was devoted to the topic of ensuring access to the energy resources necessary to promote development, notably in Africa. Ahead of the meeting, the Energy Charter Secretariat provided a background paper for the consideration of the...

Speaking at the conference "Ensuring Reliable Gas Supplies to Europe and Prospects for Gas Business Development" in Berlin on 19 May 2009, the President of Eurogas, Mr. Domenico Dispenza, underlined the broad support that the Energy Charter Treaty commands internationally. 

After three years of negotiation between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Energy Charter Secretariat, and following the Energy Charter Treaty member states' unanimous decision on 26 May 2009, Indonesia became the 74th country participating in the Energy Charter Process. Indonesia signed the 1991 Energy Charter in Brussels, at a reception hosted by the Indonesian Ambassador, Nadjib Riphat Kesoema.

During his visit to Dushanbe on 5-6 May 2009, the Secretary General André Mernier met with the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. Among the issues discussed at the meeting were the current situation in Tajikistan's energy sector and its potential in developing energy networks in the region through cross-border cooperation.

Following the member states' decision to invite Serbia to proceed with accession to the Energy Charter Treaty, the Secretary General André Mernier met with the Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković at the Government's house during a visit to Belgrade on 28-30 April 2009.

On 23 April 2009, the Secretary General Amb. André Mernier met H.E. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. During their meeting, the Secretary General underlined the importance to the Energy Charter of Turkmenistan, which has signed and ratified the Energy Charter Treaty. Amb. Mernier noted the growing significance of Turkmenistan as an energy producer and congratulated the President on the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 19 December 2008 of the...

On 20 April 2009, Dr Michael Thomadakis of Greece was appointed Chairman of the Energy Charter Investment Group following unanimous approval by the member states through 'silent procedure'.

On 20 March 2009, Dr Neil Melvin, Senior Adviser to the Secretary General of the Energy Charter, participated in the Meeting of the Ministers of Energy of the Organisation of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Yerevan, Armenia. The meeting was devoted to the theme of "Energy Security in the Black Sea Region". The Energy Charter Secretariat has the status of observer to the BSEC, while BSEC is also an observer to the Energy Charter Conference. This has been the basis over several years for...

Ambassador André Mernier, the Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, attended the annual European Gas Conference – Flame, held on 10 March 2009 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Speaking to conference participants, he highlighted the unprecedented character of the Russian-Ukrainian energy dispute of 2009. The Secretary General noted that the crisis had confirmed the need to ensure the full functioning of legally binding multilateral agreements, such as the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT),...

The crisis between Ukraine and the Russian Federation has been the source for comment about the Energy Charter Treaty, its operation and pertinence to energy security. This demands a response.

On 21 January 2009, Vladimir Rakhmanin, Deputy Secretary General of the Energy Charter and Dr. Neil Melvin, Senior Adviser to the Secretary General, visited the International Energy Agency (IEA), within the framework of the close cooperation between the two institutions.

Below are the official statements issued by the Energy Charter Secretary General André Mernier prior to and during the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine throughout the first weeks of 2009.

The Energy Charter Treaty provides a very important and useful tool which underpins the effectiveness of the Energy Charter Process and makes sure its evolution reflects new developments and challenges in international energy markets.