The Secretary General first briefed Mr. Obert on the role of the Energy Charter in the implementation of the European Union’s Energy Union, especially in terms of its external dimension. While the strategy primarily targets the EU’s internal energy market, little emphasis is put on the connection with partners outside of the EU. In this respect, Dr. Rusnák explained that the Energy Charter can be the instrument to reach out to countries around the world, especially those energy producing states which should be taken into account in the external dimension of the Energy Union.
Dr. Rusnák also outlined current developments in the adoption and signing of the International Energy Charter (IEC) leading up to the Ministerial Conference in The Hague on 20-21 May this year, where it will be signed and adopted. Mr. Obert reiterated the readiness of the Slovak Republic to participate in the Conference and sign the IEC next week.