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The Energy Charter Secretary General André Mernier has held high-level meetings with the Afghan and Pakistani governments during a visit on 27-31 May 2007, discussing how these countries’ association with the Energy Charter can promote regional energy projects and cross-border energy trade.

Turkey can make a pivotal contribution to regional energy security, and this role was the subject of a speech by the Secretary General André Mernier on 10 May 2007 to the Forum Istanbul 2007, a leading Turkish platform for high-level policy debate.

The speech by the Energy Charter Secretary General Amb. Mernier to the 60th Anniversary Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, special session on sustainable energy policies, Geneva, 27 April 2007.

Senior representatives of the Energy Charter member states gathered in Brussels on 23 April for the first meeting of a new Strategy Group.

The meeting of the Strategy Group was designed to provide a more regular dialogue among the fifty-one member countries on the development of the Energy Charter, given that the regular meetings of the Charter’s governing body – the Energy Charter Conference – now take place only once a year.

An informed debate about international pricing mechanisms is essential to a productive international dialogue on energy", said André Mernier, the Secretary General of the Energy Charter at a presentation on 12 March of a new publication from the Energy Charter: ‘Putting a Price on Energy: International Pricing Mechanisms for Oil and Gas'.

At the presentation, Mr Mernier underlined that "by making available - for the first time - a comprehensive overview of the development of pricing mechanisms...

The Secretary General Amb. Mernier visited Qatar and Saudi Arabia on 3-6 March 2007 with the aim of strengthening the Energy Charter's relationships with energy-producing countries in the Middle East.

During the visit he met in Doha with H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar. While in Riyadh, he delivered the 4th IEF Energy Lecture at the Secretariat of the International Energy Forum to an audience of Saudi officials, the...

The Secretary General Amb. Mernier participated in a 'brainstorming roundtable on energy' in Berlin on 19-20 February 2007, alongside high-level government and industry participants from Russia, Germany and other European countries.

The Russian journal "Neftegazovaya Vertikal" ("Нефтегазовая Вертикаль") in its issue #3, 2007, published an article by André Mernier and Andrei Konoplyanik, which looks at the role and potential of the Energy Charter in the international energy framework, and at the relations between the Energy Charter and Russia in Russian.

A speech by the Secretary General Amb. Mernier to the Conference 'Russia and CIS - Sustainability of Production', International Petroleum Week, London, 12 February 2007.

The Deputy Secretary General, Andrei Konoplyanik, was invited by Naftogaz of Ukraine to speak at the Second Annual Investment Forum "Ukraine-Russia 2007" held in Kiev on 8 February 2007.

The Deputy Secretary General of the Energy Charter, Andrei Konoplyanik, made two presentations to the 17th session of the Working Party on Gas of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy in Geneva, 23-24 January 2007.

“Recent events have again demonstrated the importance of reliable transit both for oil and for gas, and it is therefore vital to minimise the risks that can affect cross-border energy supply and energy flows in transit.” This was the message from the Secretary General André Mernier at the presentation on 18 January 2007 of a new study from the Energy Charter on oil pipelines across Eurasia.

The Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, André Mernier, called on 30 December and on 8 January 2007 for a settlement of the outstanding transit issues between Russia and Belarus on the basis of the principles of the Energy Charter.

The Secretary General Amb. André Mernier underlined the importance of transparency in regional gas flows at the inauguration of the Metrology Centre in Boyarka, Ukraine, on 21 December 2006.

The ceremony in Boyarka was attended by Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Klyuyev and by the European Union Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

The Secretary General Amb. Mernier was invited by the State Duma on 6 December 2006 to discuss the Energy Charter and the question of Russian ratification of the Energy Charter Treaty.