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On 6 May 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 Luvsanvandan Bold, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia, and the Counsellor of the Embassy of Mongolia, Mr Manlajav Jambalsuren, at the Embassy.

The Secretary-General and the Ambassador discussed the Extraordinary Energy Charter Conference scheduled to take place in Brussels on 24 June 2022.  The Conference is being...

On 3 May 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. Dilyor Khakimov, the Head of Mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the European Union, at the Embassy.

The Secretary-General presented the Ambassador with a copy of the recently printed In-Depth Review of the Energy Efficiency Policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, in both English and Russian versions.  The Ambassador expressed his...

The Energy Charter Secretariat is pleased to announce that the English and Russian versions of the In-Depth Review of the Energy Efficiency Policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan is now available on our website.

The In-Depth Review was conducted in 2021 by the Secretariat in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan and the final recommendation of the report was approved by the Energy Charter Conference in December 2021.

On 27 April 2022, the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) held an online meeting with the Regions Unit of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to discuss synergies in work and engagement possibilities in ongoing projects.

During the meeting, the ECS and IRENA explored points of cooperation on their respective upcoming publications, including the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) 2022, the Joint Islamic Development Bank-ECS Special EIRA report and IRENA’s Renewable Readiness...

During the discussion at a meeting of a subsidiary committee of the Energy Charter Conference held today, the Delegation of Ukraine made a statement on the current situation in the country two months after the Russian invasion began, in particular, regarding its critical energy infrastructure as follows :

On 19-22 April 2022, the Twelfth Negotiation Round on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was held in the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels (supplemented with videoconference).

The representative of the Ukrainian delegation informed the participants of the first meeting of the 12th round of negotiations about the ongoing military aggression of the Russia on the territory of Ukraine and the growing number of victims among the civilian population. Russian troops continue regular bombing of social infrastructure facilities (hospitals, schools, kindergartens, etc.), as well as energy infrastructure (factories, gas pipelines, etc.). A list was given of some of the...

On 19th April, H.E. Mr MASAKI Yasushi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the European Union, hosted an informal working dinner to conclude the first day of the 12th Round of Negotiations of the Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty. The dinner was attended by Secretary-General Guy Lentz, Deputy Secretary-General Atsuko Hirose, the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Modernisation Group, as well the delegates who attended the negotiations in person.

The 12th Negotiation Round of the Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty started on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 and will continue until Friday, 22 April 2022.

This is the first session held in a “hybrid” format since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 70 delegates attending in person at the headquarters of the Energy Charter Secretariat.  

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...