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On 26 September, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák introduced the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) 2019 in the context of the Kazenergy Eurasian Forum 2019 in Nur-Sultan city, Qazaqstan. EIRA – as a concept – is based on the core values of the Energy Charter Process; building confidence, promoting open markets, and strengthening the rule of law. EIRA examines and addresses risks related to unpredictable policy and regulatory change, discrimination between foreign and...

The Albanian Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference and the Energy Charter Secretariat are pleased to invite you to the launch of the Energy Investment Risk Assessment 2019 (#EIRA2019) report in Brussels. 

The first meeting of the Inter-Ministerial working group (IMWG) on the NEEAP development was held on 19 September 2019 in Baku. The meeting was organised jointly with the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan within the ongoing EU4Energy Governance project. Members of the working group comprise representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Agriculture, State Committee for Architecture and Urban Development, State Statistical Committee, energy...

Under the auspices of the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects (PEEREA) and at the request of Azerbaijan, the International Energy Charter embarked upon a three-day mission from 16 to 18 June with the objective of conducting an in-depth energy efficiency review of Azerbaijan.

The Energy Charter Secretariat and the 2018 Model Instrument on management of investment disputes received the honours of “highly commended” within the category of “creating a new standard – In house” for the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards in 2019

On 5 September 2019, a delegation of the Energy Charter Secretariat visited the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg. The meeting was hosted by Mr François Trévoux, Director of the Energy Department of the Projects Directorate, and joined by representatives from the Energy Security Division and the Electricity Networks Division. The EIB Projects Directorate undertakes a full assessment of projects, including technical, economical, social, societal and regulatory risks, before the...

On 6 September 2019, Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák visited Lisbon Portugal, where he met high ranking representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Energy Transition and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

On 30 September 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat will present the Energy Investment Risk Assessment 2019 (#EIRA2019), in Brussels.

#EIRA2019 evaluates policy, legal and regulatory risks to energy investment in 34 countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. It aims to identify gaps, provide learning opportunities, and stimulate reforms which make the investment climate of countries more robust.

The event will be open to the public. Due to the limited seating, you are kindly...

The 7th Summit of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) was held in Yokohama, Japan, with Energy Charter officials being invited International guests of the government of Japan. The TICAD process, which started in 1993, is of comparable age to the Energy Charter Process, which was also founded in the early 1990s. Since that time, TICAD has become one of the premier inter-governmental platforms for the discussion of Africa’s development challenges. Indeed, with some 46...

On November 20, 2019, the Permanent Court of Arbitration will host the Energy Charter Treaty (ETC) Forum in Singapore. The ECT Forum is an annual event and is jointly organised by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Energy Charter Secretariat , and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. 

The Energy Charter Secretariat participated at the 2019 Colloquium on international law organized by the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL) and the Chinese Society of International Law. The Colloquium attracted more than 200 participants, including those attending the 5th China-AALCO (Asian African Legal Consultative Organisation) Exchange and Research Programme on international law.

As of Monday 12 August 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat experienced a systems disruption that affected communication including all incoming and outgoing emails. The issue began around 9:20 am and was a result of our cloud service and internet provider. The office was unable to receive or send emails. The service provider assured the Secretariat that they were working to resolve the issue. The system was fully back on line in the morning of the 19 August. The Secretariat apologies for any...

Following the approval of the National Energy Policy in 2018, Eswatini has once again confirmed its interest and ambitions to improve energy efficiency in all sectors of economy. In July 2019, Eswatinis' cabinet of ministers approved Energy Efficiency and Conservation Policy that is now an official guiding document supporting the implementation of further reforms in the energy sector of the country. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy developed the latter policy in close collaboration...

The Energy Charter Secretariat was invited to participate in the 2nd UfM Energy and Climate Business Forum; Supporting local authorities in their efforts towards the energy transition, which was held in Lisbon on 18 July 2019 under the auspices of the Portuguese Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition. The event gathered high-level government representatives, stakeholders, private sector investors and international financial institutions, with the aim of identifying business and...

This year, the Energy Charter Secretariat has received two nominations for the Energy Charter Award. The Award was introduced in 2013 in order to recognise the outstanding role of individuals and entities in the development of the Energy Charter Process. The first recipient of the award was former Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Mr Ruud Lubbers (1939 - 2018), the founding father of the Energy Charter Process.