On 27 and 28 May 2019, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organised the second preparatory meeting of the 27th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum. The meeting took place under Slovakia’s 2019 OSCE Chairmanship and primarily focused on economic progress and energy cooperation in the digital era. Ambassador František Ružička, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, opened the meeting and outlined three priorities: multilateral cooperation, energy efficiency & renewable energy resources and protection of energy networks. The OSCE Secretary General, Ambassador Thomas Greminger highlighted the importance of inter-institutional cooperation on energy security, protection of critical energy infrastructure and reduction of environmental footprint by the energy industry.
In his address during the session on "Fostering co-operation and building partnerships for a secure energy future", Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák underlined the common dedication to energy security and multi-lateral cooperation by building trust. He emphasised the unique added value of the Energy Charter Treaty which is the worlds only multilateral framework agreement exclusively for the energy sector. In addition, he highlighted the Energy Charter Secretariat’s instruments to prevent or solve investment disputes amicably, to guarantee safe and free transit of energy, and to lower the policy, legal and regulatory risks for investment in the energy sector.