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The Secretariat regrets to announce the loss of a former colleague Ms Galina Romanova, who sadly passed away on 10 November 2019 in Moscow, the Russian Federation.

On 6 November 2019, the highest decision-making body of the International Energy Charter – the Energy Charter Conference (the Conference) – approved mandate, procedural issues and timeline for negotiations on modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (the ECT). 

OPEC, OPEC’s Fund for International Development (OFID) and the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) hosted a two-day workshop at the seat of OPEC, in Vienna Austria on 30-31 October 2019. It was opened by the OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo who emphasised the synergies and the importance of stronger collaboration among the institutions in light of the common challenges. In his speech Mr Barkindo thanked Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák for his support for the event and...

The Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) is a publication of the Energy Charter Secretariat that evaluates specific risks affecting energy investment that can be mitigated through adjustments to policy, legal and regulatory frameworks. Download the 2019 version here or for more details, visit the EIRA website at:

On 23-24 October 2019, the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan and the International Energy Charter jointly organised the Baku International Energy Charter Forum in Azerbaijan on the topic of “Enabling Energy Transformation through Technology and Policy Innovations”. Almost 200 participants, including Ministers, high-level officials and leading experts from Member and Observer countries, international organisations, the energy industry and academia participated in the Forum.

Information about the claims has been compiled on the basis of public sources, including specialised reporting services. Since 2001, when the first case invoking the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was registered, the Energy Charter Secretariat tracked 128 publicly known investment arbitration cases where the ECT was invoked (sometimes together with a BIT).

On 17 October 2019, EU4Energy and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of Armenia organised the first meeting of the Building Energy Efficiency Task Force. Deputy Minister Hakob Vardanyan opened the meeting.

On September 16 2019, the International Energy Charter participated in the Second Steering Committee meeting of the Programme for Improving the Governance of the Energy Sector (AGoSE) of the ECOWAS Member States, which took place in Abuja, Nigeria. The Energy Charter Secretariat has developed a track record of cooperation with ECOWAS (ie, the Economic Cooperation Organisation of West African States) in recent years, since a number of the countries from West Africa are currently in the process of...

The Third Annual Belt Road Initiative Seminar and Training Program concluded in Beijing on September 26, 2019, with the Energy Charter Secretariat once again contributing to the proceedings of this international gathering. This year’s seminar was combined with the 8th annual edition of the Global Energy Security Forum, a high-profile international platform for evaluating the core energy and climate related challenges at the global level. China is rapidly developing itself as a leading platform...

On 30 September 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat launched the Energy Investment Risk Assessment 2019 (#EIRA2019), the second edition of its flagship publication. The launch event took place in Brussels and was opened by European Commission Former Director General for Energy Dominique Ristori and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy Ilir Bejtja, representing the Albanian Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference 2019.

On 26 September 2019, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák, met with the Minister of Energy of Qazaqstan Mr Kanat Bozumbaev. The Minister welcomed the work undertaken by the Investment Unit of the Secretariat on the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) project. He also expressed Qazaqstan’s commitment to the process of modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and to the continuation of the secondment programme at the Energy Charter Secretariat

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 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