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Energy Charter Secretary General meets Dutch Director-General for Energy, Sandor Gaastra

On 22 August 2017, in the run-up to the formation of a new Dutch government, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák visited the Netherlands. A high-level meeting was held with Sandor Gaastra, Director-General for Energy, Telecommunications and Competition, and representatives of the Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs and Foreign Affairs. 

DG Gaastra expressed his support for the Energy Charter Process. The main topics addressed during this meeting were the ongoing modernisation process of the Energy Charter Treaty, bilateral investment agreements, the historical role of the Netherlands as the founding father of the Energy Charter Process, and depository country of the International Energy Charter Declaration. Other topics addressed were the preparation of a new publication – the Energy Investment Risk Assessment –, the progress of the Energy Charter Secretary-General’s Vision Plan, including the recent restructuring of the Energy Charter Secretariat. Moreover, in the context of the current energy transition of the country and its international position, the role of the Energy Charter Treaty and its related instruments were addressed. It was concluded that further cooperation and modernisation will be discussed at Ministerial level once the new government coalition is established.