On 9 December 2014, the Ashgabat Energy Charter Forum was held in the capital of Turkmenistan. The high-level conference on the topic of "Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy" was opened by the President of Turkmenistan Mr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of the Energy Charter.
In his opening speech, President Berdimuhamedov underlined the importance of building a joint energy system on the basis of mutual benefits and equality. Energy security, diversification, sustainability and environmental protection were common objectives guiding nations in their cooperation. The President argued in favour of energy trade based on economically sound and objective criteria as well as fair and transparent prices, underlining in particular the role of the Energy Charter, which Turkmenistan would chair in 2017.
In his speech, Secretary General Rusnák confirmed the availability of the Energy Charter as the only existing comprehensive intergovernmental organisation based on a treaty with binding rules on energy investment and transit. He invited non-members to join this platform by signing the International Energy Charter at the Ministerial Conference in The Hague in May 2015.
Ministers and Vice-Ministers from Armenia, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Turkmenistan and, in a video message, the Vice-President of the European Commission Mr. Maroš Šefčovič further elaborated on the common benefits of cooperation based on interconnected systems for energy markets. These speakers were joined by high-level officials from China, Georgia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, the OSCE and ECO.
Dr. Urban Rusnák
Secretary General, Energy Charter
Minister of Economy, Croatia
Vice-President for the Energy Union, European Commission
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Armenia
Minister of Energy and Industry, Kyrgyzstan
Senior Adviser of the Minister of Energy, Azerbaijan