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On 5 April 2019, Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák participated in the third EU4Energy Steering Committee meeting in Paris. The meeting was attended by high-level officials from the Energy Ministries of the 11 partner countries, European Commission DG NEAR as well as representatives of the implementing partners - International Energy Agency (IEA), Energy Community Secretariat, EU4Energy Communication project and the Energy Charter Secretariat.

On 1 April 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) held a side-event on the prevention of investment disputes during the Spring meeting of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Working Group III (UNCITRAL WG III) in New York, New York.

A delegation of officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat (Expansion and Investment Units) conducted a working visit to Vietnam and Cambodia in early March 2019. Productive meetings were held in Hanoi with Vietnamese officials between 4-8 March. This important mission allowed the Secretariat’s delegation to gather information relevant to the Energy Investment Risk Assessment Report (#EIRA2019) and conduct a provisional evaluation of Vietnam’s prospects for acceding to the Energy Charter...

The Regional Energy Cooperation in Central and South Asia (RECA) Taskforce held its 15 meeting in Ashgabat Turkmenistan on 26-28 March 2019. The meeting was organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat, with the principal support of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs Energy of Turkmenistan and in partnership with the Energy Links USAID Project for Central Asia.

On 27-28 March 2019, a delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat visited Dushanbe, Tajikistan to discuss the Energy Charter Process with Government officials. Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák met with the Deputy Prime-minister Mr Azim Ibrohim and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Zohidi Nizomiddin to update them on recent developments such as the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) modernisation, Review under Art. 34(7) ECT, the Energy Investment Risk Assesment project...

The Energy Charter Secretariat is pleased to announce that the In-Depth Review of the Energy Efficiency Policy of Montenegro and is now available online and can be downloaded from our website. The In-Depth Review was prepared in 2018 by the Energy Charter Secretariat in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro and the final recommendation of the report was approved by the Energy Charter Conference in December 2018. The In-depth Energy Efficiency Reviews have a standard format and...

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is going through an era of ‘energy transition’, necessary for the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement and the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The government is seeking to recalibrate its national energy strategy in favour of greater deployment of renewable and sustainable energy sources. This has been reflected in Jordan’s recent accession to the Energy Charter Treaty in 2018 and its continued close cooperation with international...

On 18 March 2019 Secretary General Urban Rusnak visited London to meet representatives of the UK Government and Academia.

On 18 March 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat hosted a group of students from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.  Young future energy leaders came to learn more about the Energy Charter Treaty and the activities of the Brussels-based international energy organisation.

The International Energy Charter would like to welcome the new Energy Charter Conference Chairperson, HE Ms Belinda Balluku who was nominated by the Albanian Government and approved by the Conference on 20 February 2019. Ms Balluku is the current Minister of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania. The Government also nominated the current Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Mr Ilir Bejtja, to serve as Vice Chairperson. Mr Bejtja was approved on 2 March 2019 by the Conference.

At the 29th meeting of the Energy Charter Conference, delegates, experts and Ministers from over 50 countries descended on Bucharest to take part in the discussions about relevant energy issues. The main topics up for conversation included innovation, energy security, sustainability and prosperity as highlighted by Romanian Energy Minister Anton Anton; “The key question is how to make the transition which can be difficult for countries depending on energy production from coal”. 

At the initiative of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák and his staff held a seminar-type meeting devoted to the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) on 18 February 2019 in Astana. Organised by the Ministry of Energy, it was designed to bring an understanding about the ECT modernisation process. 

On 13 February 2019, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Eswatini (formally Swaziland) to the EU, H.E. Ambassador Sibusisiwe Mngomezulu, conducted a visit to the Energy Charter Secretariat. Eswatini recently finalised the necessary technical requirements prescribed under the accession procedures to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The Kingdom was formally invited to accede to the Treaty at the 29th meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in Bucharest, Romania, in November 2018. Eswatini has now...

As of 1 January 2019, Albania assumed the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for the year. The Conference works on an annually rotating basis, and each year a new country takes over leadership to direct the highest decision-making body of the Energy Charter process

On 5 and 6 February, the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development hosted a fact-finding mission related to the country’s participation in the flagship publication, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA). The Head of the Secretariat’s Investment Unit Mr David Kramer and Expansion Unit Coordinator Mr Can Öğütçü conducted meetings with Mr Mohammed Ghazali, Secretary General, and Mr Mohamed Bernannou, Advisor to the Minister and Chief Staff of the Minister H.E. Mr Aziz...