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Video Conference with Armenia the upcoming Energy Charter Conference Chairmanship in 2021

On 4 June 2020, the Energy CharteSecretariat held a video conference with the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia which will be acting as the entity in charge of the Energy Charter Conference in next year. Mr Hakob Vardanyan, Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure and Vice-Chair of the 2021 Conference, who led the conference call, was joined by Mr Tigran Melqonyan, the Head of Energy Department. The Secretariat’s team was led by the Secretary-General Dr. Urban Rusnak and included officials from the legal, energy efficiency and investment 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, in particular, the modernisation process. Further deliberations touched upon organisational matters related to the upcoming Chairmanship, followed up by discussions on practicalities of and participation of the Armenian Delegation in the forthcoming meetings of the Conference’s subsidiary bodies. In light of the continuing pandemic, possible scenarios for conducting the meetings in the future were considered. The parties also communicated on the successful implementation of projects within the EU4Energy Programme and potential joint activities in the energy efficiency area.