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On 5 September 2022, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released a new IIA Issues Note analysing climate change-related provisions in existing treaty practice and offering various reform policy options for drafting climate-responsive International Investment Agreements (IIAs).

The Issues Note further refers to the 24 June 2022 Agreement in Principle on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and its provisions relevant for the protection of the...

On 8 September 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, met with H.E. Mr. Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ambassador and the Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union.

During the visit to the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union, the Secretary-General updated the Ambassador about the Secretariat’s actions related to the collection of the Russian Federation’s arrears to the Energy Charter Conference...

On 7 September 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, met with Deputy Ambassador Mr. Askar Abdrakhmanov, and Mr. Almas Dissyukov, Counsellor, of the Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the European Union.

The parties discussed the most pressing issues of international cooperation in the energy sector and the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty, and the importance of the necessity for a...

On 6 September 2022, Deputy Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Ms. Atsuko Hirose, participated in the roundtable event, “Constitutional Reforms: Basis for Ensuring the Rule of Law, Security and Free and Fair Civil Society,” at the Brussels Press Club upon the invitation of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan.  The delegation from Uzbekistan, comprised of high-level government officials and members of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament), updated the representatives of the...

On 5 September 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS), Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, held an online meeting with the Vice President, Europe, of Breakthrough Energy, Ms Ann Mettler. Breakthrough Energy is a network of entities and initiatives established in 2015 by Bill Gates and a coalition of private investors.

Ms Ishita Pant and Mr Edward Safaryan, Investment Officials at the ECS and Ms Jordan Poncet, Associate at Breakthrough...

On 2 September 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, met with Ambassador Mr. Yasushi Masaki, and Mr. Akiyoshi Kawabata, Counsellor, of the Mission of Japan to the European Union.

The parties discussed issues related to the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and preparations for the Energy Charter Conference in Mongolia in November 2022.  The meeting was concluded by both parties agreeing to...

The first Ukrainian Energy Sector Damage Assessment Report is now available online. This is the most comprehensive report to date, covering damages inflicted on all energy sector facilities by the invading Russian military forces.    

The report was prepared by the Task Force under the project, “Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure”, which is funded by the European Commission and implemented by the Energy Charter Secretariat.

On 25 August 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, held an online meeting with the Chair of the International Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP), Mr Rafael Cayuela.

The parties exchanged opinions on current issues related to energy  and climate “crisis” in Europe and the rest of the world, and its impact on energy and food supply, consumption practices, and industrial production. The IAP Chair...

At the invitation of the Ukrainian Ambassador, Secretary General Mr. Guy Lentz attended today the unveiling of a huge 30-meter Ukrainian flag in celebration of the Ukrainian Independence Day at the Grand Place in Brussels.  On this occasion, he had the opportunity to meet the President of the European Commission, Ms. Ursula von der Leyen.

On 23 August 2022, Secretary-General Mr. Guy Lentz met with with H.E. Mr. Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ambassador and the Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union.

The Secretary-General and the Ambassador had an exchange regarding the recent notification of Ukraine under Article 17(2)(a)-(b) of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and discussed the situation in the Zaporizka nuclear power plant (ZNPP) in Ukraine, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe which has been occupied by the Russian...

Nuclear energy provides a reliable base load and covers more than half of the electricity production in Ukraine (55.5% in 2021). There are four nuclear power plants (NPPs) in Ukraine with a total installed capacity of 13,835 MW (15 reactors in total, incl. 13 reactors with a capacity of 1,000 MW and two reactors with a capacity of 415 MW and 420 MW, respectively). 

Zaporizka NPP (ZNPP) is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and is located in Energodar city, Zaporizhzhya region. The ZNPP...

In its letter of 18 August 2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine notified the Secretariat that starting from 15 August 2022, Ukraine exercises its right under Article 17(2)(a)-(b) of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) to deny advantages of Part III of the ECT to Investments of Investors of the Russian Federation, for the reasons set out therein.


On 10 August 2022, Deputy Secretary General (DSG) Atsuko Hirose paid a courtesy visit to the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Kiyoshi Odawara. 

The State Minister for Foreign Affairs stated that, in the current global situation where energy prices are rising considerably in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the importance of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), which promotes and protects energy sector investments and energy security, is increasing considerably. 

He was...

On 5 August 2022, Secretary-General Guy Lentz held a videoconference with Mr Yaroslav Demchenkov, Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine. During the meeting, the Parties discussed the planned activities of the Task Force established under the Energy Charter Secretariat as a part of the project “Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure”.

Secretary-General Lentz expressed readiness to provide all support needed to facilitate, the activities of the Task Forces in undertaking as...

On August 1, 2022, the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) welcomed five Ukrainian secondees, the members of the Task Force that will coordinate, support and facilitate planned activities for the Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure.

The Secretary-General, Mr Guy Lentz, and his team, Mr Oleksandr Antonenko and Ms Özlem Duyan met with Ms Inna Slobodian; Deputy Head of the Department – Head of the Division on the Bilateral Cooperation and  International Treaties, Department...