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On 30 March, Mr Yuriy Pochtovyk, Junior Legal Officer, spoke at the panel “The Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard: Updates and Perspective” in the framework of the Sixth Edition of the Paris Arbitration Week. The panel was dedicated to the past and present of the fair and equitable treatment (FET) clauses in international investment agreements, drafting of the clauses, and arbitral jurisprudence on the application of the FET. A particular focus was made on the ongoing negotiations on the...

On 29 March 2022, the Secretary-General Mr. Guy Lentz has received H.E. Mr. Chary Atayev, the Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Benelux and the EU who paid a visit to the Secretariat.  The parties engaged in the discussion along several substantial areas, with a particular interest of Turkmenistan to some of them, including participation in the EIRA project, energy efficiency review, and continuation of the regional energy cooperation dialogue.  Secretary-General Lentz has also briefed the...

On 29 March 2022, Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS), Mr Guy Lentz, spoke at the Plenary Session on the Future of Energy of the 2022 Oil and Gas International Investment Forum in Turkmenistan.  The Forum is a regular event attended by representatives of international companies and organizations active in the energy sector.  The Secretary-General has touched upon and presented his vision on the most important current challenges of the international energy landscape and how...

On 29 March 2022, the Energy Charter Secretariat's Knowledge Centre participated in the Capacity Building Needs Assessment for Effective Power Interconnection Cooperation in Northeast Asia Inception Meeting. The meeting was jointly organised by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI). The meeting was attended by the members of the GTI Energy Board from China, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation and aimed...

On 24 March, the Secretary General, Mr Guy Lentz, was pleased to be invited by H.E. Mr. Margulan Baimukhan, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, for the Nauryz Celebrations. On this occasion, the parties exchanged on the key role of Kazakhstan in the Energy Charter and the way to still reinforce this good relationship.

On 24 March 2022, the FDI Mediation Moot organized an online conference as the starting event to its first moot on investment mediation.

The General Counsel of the International Energy Charter explained how to assess when mediation could be useful for solving an investment dispute and how to prepare for the mediation (team members, documents, logistics, strategy…). In doing so, he referred to two relevant documents endorsed by the Energy Charter Conference, the 2016 Investment Mediation Guide...

On 23 March 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, met with H.E. Mr Mohamed Taha Mustafa, Ambassador of Yemen to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the EU.

The parties exchanged on the future partnership between Yemen and the Secretariat.

On 21 March 2022, Secretary-General, Mr Guy Lentz, and Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, visited the Embassy of Armenia and met with H.E. Ms Anna Aghadjanian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Belgium, and Mr Nikolay Sahakov, the Counsellor of the Embassy of Armenia.

The parties discussed activities of Armenia as the Vice-Chair of the Energy Charter Conference and exchanged views on the practical steps related to the implementation of the first Management...

On 18 March 2022, Secretary General, Mr Guy Lentz, and Deputy Secretary General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, visited the Embassy of Mongolia and met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia, Mr Luvsanvandan Bold, and the Counsellor of the Embassy of Mongolia, Mr Manlajav Jambalsuren.

The parties discussed activities of Mongolia as the Chair of the Energy Charter Conference, including the potential organisation of the Ad-hoc Energy Charter Conference in Ulaanbaatar in June 2022....

On 15 March 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, met with H.E. Dr Muktar Djumaliev, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The Ambassador expressed his appreciation for the contribution of the Secretariat to the First EU-Central Asia Economic Forum, held in Bishkek in November 2021, by organising a high-level side event...

On 15 March 2022, the Energy Charter Secretariat delivered an online lecture for the students from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, providing an overview of the Energy Charter Treaty and its role in the global energy environment. The Secretariat’s officials focused on the ECT provisions related to dispute settlement, energy investment, energy efficiency, and energy transit in their presentations.

This educational activity is regularly organised in the framework of the Memorandum...

On 14 March 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, met with Mr Rafael Cayuela, the Chair of the International Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP).

The parties exchanged opinions on issues related to energy security in Europe and the implications on the energy sector and energy-intensive industry. Mr Cayuela informed about his participation in reviewing and updating the strategic document entitled...

Building on the success of previous years, the International Energy Charter, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) successfully conducted on 11-14 March 2022 another training on investment mediation for mediators and government officials. For the third time, it was kindly hosted by the Department of Justice of the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL), this time online.

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On 1-4 March 2022, the Eleventh Negotiation Round on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was held by videoconference.

On 1-4 March 2022, the Eleventh Negotiation Round on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was held by videoconference. Due to the intensity of the negotiations, there was no time to discuss the public communication, which is currently under consideration and is expected to be published on Tuesday 8 March.