On 22 November 2022, more than 33 Contracting Parties to the Energy Charter Treaty convened online for the 33rd Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference, the governing and decision-making body for the Energy Charter Process.
The first part of the Statutory Session was mostly devoted to the budget and programme of work for 2023, the implementation of the conclusions of the 2019 Review and the modernisation of the Treaty. The Conference expects to meet ad hoc in April 2023 to finalise the discussion on the adoption of the amendments to the ECT.
The second part of the Statutory Session, which was open also to Observers to the Conference, was dedicated to the report and future outlook of the Secretary-General, as well as the reports of the subsidiary bodies and Working Groups of the Conference and the Industry Advisory Panel.
High-level speakers from Observer countries and organisations, including Mr Jingdong Ren, Vice Administrator, National Energy Administration of China (by video-message), Prof Eli Jidere Bala, Director-General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria, Mr Benjamin Kamara, Director, Ministry of Energy of Sierra Leone and Mr Khusrav Noziri, Secretary-General, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) made their interventions during the Exchange of views by Members and Observers of the Energy Charter Conference.
Energy Charter Award
This year, the award was presented to Mr Lukas Stifter, the Chair of the Modernisation Group, for his extraordinary contribution to the modernisation process of the ECT.