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On 4 December 2023, the Energy Charter Secretariat launched the sixth edition of its flagship publication, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA), in an online event.

The Secretary-General of the International Energy Charter, Mr Guy Lentz, presented the publication to the audience. He informed that the EIRA report represents a one-of-a-kind effort of the International Energy Charter to guide governments in making their legal and regulatory frameworks resilient and increasing their...

On 12 October 2023, H.E. Mr. Aidit Erkin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Head of the Permanent Mission to the European Union, and Mr. Kairat Tursunkulov, the Deputy Chief of Mission, visited the Energy Charter Secretariat and met with the Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Atsuko Hirose.

The Deputy Secretary-General provided updates on the recent developments related to the Energy Charter Treaty.  The parties discussed the future...

Eng. Issa Zahedah, the expert from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, successfully completed his secondment at the Energy Charter Secretariat. 

On behalf of the Secretariat, we express our gratitude to Eng. Zahedah, who will continue to work with the Secretariat from Amman to finalise the In-depth Energy Efficiency Report, and to further the cooperation between the Secretariat and the Hashemite...

On 29 September 2023, the Energy Charter Secretariat received the attached communication from the United Kingdom exercising its right under Article 17 of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) to deny advantages of Part III of the ECT to (i) any legal entity owned or controlled by citizens or nationals of the Russian Federation without substantial business activities in the Area of the Contracting Party in which it is organised, as well as to (ii) Investments of Investors of the Russian Federation who...

On 18 September 2023, the International Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) and the Alliance for Industry Decarbonization (AFID), held a joint roundtable “Strategies & technological solutions for achieving carbon emissions reduction under the -1.5 C° scenario,” organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat as a side event at Climate Week NYC 2023.

This hybrid event, hosted by Eni in New York, USA, was attended in person and online by over 120 participants, including the IAP members,...

The Depositary of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), Portugal, has confirmed the receipt of a written notification of withdrawal from the ECT from the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. The withdrawal shall take effect on 17 June 2024.

According to Article 47(3) of the ECT, all the investments covered by the Treaty at the time the withdrawal takes effect will continue enjoying protection for 20 years from such date.

Apart from earlier announced notifications, the Secretariat is not aware of any other...

The Secretary-General, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Atsuko Hirose, expressed gratitude to three Ukrainian experts for their dedication to the work of the Task Force established within the project “Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure,” and congratulated them on the successful completion of secondment programmes at the Energy Charter Secretariat.

From February to July 2023, Ms. Victoria Ruzhenkova, State Expert of Expert Group for European and...

I would like to express my profound regret regarding the draft Council Decisions proposing the withdrawal of the European Union (EU) and EURATOM from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), published by the European Commission on 7 July 2023, and the Commission withdrawing, on the same date,  its previous draft Council Decisions to modernise the ECT.

A solid and reliable legal environment is a prerequisite for mobilising much-needed private sector investments in clean energy sources. In this context,...

At the invitation of the World Bank, Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Atsuko Hirose has been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Bank’s Law Societies’ Compact & Forum for SDG 16.  She will be serving a three-year term from 1 July 2023.

The Compact & Forum is an initiative co-launched by the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency and the Law Society of England and Wales.  It was founded on the common understanding that lawyers should play a role in promoting and ensuring good development...

The Eleventh Ukrainian Energy Sector Damage Assessment report is now available online. The report outlines new and updated information on how the war affected the Ukrainian energy system and covers damages inflicted on all energy sector facilities by the invading Russian military forces since February 24, 2022, and key changes in the Ukrainian energy sector from May 25 to June 24, 2023.

The report was prepared by the Task Force under the project, “Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy...

On 1 July 2023, Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Atsuko Hirose participated as a speaker in the Tbilisi Women's International Conference under the theme of "Transformation and Transition," at the invitation of the President of Georgia, Her Excellency Ms. Salome Zourabichvili.  

Ms. Atsuko Hirose took part in the panel "Caspian and Black Sea Connectivity - Energy and Transport Corridors."  She spoke on the Energy Charter Treaty's role in protecting and promoting investments in energy, especially...

The Eighth Report on Key Legal Developments in Ukraine's Energy Sector is now available online. The 8th edition outlines the key legal developments from 25 April 2023 to 31 May 2023, followed by a concise but comprehensive overview of key legislative and regulatory changes introduced for the duration of martial law and as a part of ongoing energy sector reforms in Ukraine, from 24 February 2022 to 31 May 2023.  

Since the full-scale military aggression by the Russian Federation was launched on...

On June 1, 2023, on the margins of the Baku Energy Forum, Secretary-General Lentz held a meeting with H.E. Dr Musadik Malik, the Federal Minister of State for Energy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The parties had a very engaging discussion centered on and driven by the interest of Pakistan in the particularities, process, outcome and prospects of the modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty. H.E. the Minister underscored the importance of encouraging and protecting foreign investments...

In conjunction with his attendance of the Baku Energy Energy Week, Secretary-General Lentz met with H.E. Mr Parviz Shahbazov, the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The parties have elaborately discussed the current state of  affairs in the finalized modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty, touching upon the confluence of factors which will drive the dynamics and forereach the strategy pertinent to the shaping of the Treaty's future including those related to potential...

On May 31 - June 2, Secretary-General Lentz, upon the invitation of H.E. the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, participated in the Baku Energy Week. This event, held on a regular basis, included the Baku Energy Expo and the 28th Baku Energy Forum, and attracted over 300 participants representing an array of energy-related businesses, state regulators, analysts and scholars. 

Secretary-General Lentz attended the high-level opening ceremony of the Baku Expo inaugurated by H.E. the...