The Third International Meeting of the Experts jointly organised by the National Energy Administration of China, the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Government of Turkmenistan took place on 27 November 2015 in Beijing. The Meeting brought together over 60 participants representing governments, the energy industry and academic institutions. Steivan Defilla, the Director at the Energy Charter Secretariat welcomed the participants, followed by an opening speech by Zou Yiqiao, the Director General at the International Cooperation Department of the National Energy Administration of China (NEA) and Ilir Bejtja, the Vice-Minister of Energy and Industry of Albania.
The discussions on energy transit were grouped into separate sessions to address transit-specific issues related to natural gas, oil and electricity. Experts from respective industries addressed issues related to access to infrastructure, capacity allocation mechanisms, construction and expansion of infrastructure as well as tariffs and fees. The meeting highlighted the increasing importance of the role of international organisations and international legal mechanisms in managing energy transit risks, physical protection of energy infrastructure and enhancement of multilateral energy cooperation towards securing international energy security. The conclusions and recommendations of the meeting contributed to the scope and main elements of a multilateral framework agreement on energy transit. The Energy Charter Secretariat and the Government of Turkmenistan will continue its joint work towards common rules and principles to ensure secure, reliable and stable transit of energy materials and products.