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Energy Charter Video Conference with the Azerbaijan Chairmanship

On 14 May 2020, the Energy Charter Secretariat held a video conference with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan which is also acting as the entity in charge of the Energy Charter Conference this year. Mr Samir Valiyev, Deputy Minister of Energy and Vice-Chair of the Conference, who led the conference call, was joined by the Ministry officials representing its legal department, the departments of international cooperation, energy efficiency and oil and gas. The Secretariat’s team was led by the Secretary-General and included officials from the legal, transit, energy efficiency units and the EU4Energy Programme.  

The video-conference discussions covered the current situation in the energy market and practical matters of the Energy Charter Process. The latter have focused on the modernisation process and current arrangements related to the upcoming meeting. Further discussions touched upon the practicalities of upcoming meetings of the Conference’s subsidiary bodies and the Energy Charter Conference this year. Possible course of actions and scenarios in light of the continuing pandemic were deliberated upon with an emphasis on the role of the Chairmanship. On a related but lighter matter, the achievements and sensible progress of Azerbaijan with respect to its efforts on the energy efficiency front have also been discussed.