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Policy Guidance for Investment facilitation in the pre-establishment phase

Published in 2017

As a result of the 2014 Review conducted under Article 34.7 of the Energy Charter Treaty, the Energy Charter Secretariat engaged in a series of activities to analyse the existing barriers to the establishment of energy investment, the benefits of shared principles for the establishment of investment as well as available policy options to remove such barriers by means of domestic and international rules.

After a series of activities which contained expert meetings and joint sessions with investment experts from contracting parties, observer states, third countries, international organisations, regulatory authorities and investment promotion agencies, the Secretariat prepared numerous discussion notes, reports, analyses on wide range of opportunities for further steps for the ECT Constituency (binding and soft instruments) to the establishment of energy investment.

As a result of the groundwork undertaken so far, the Energy Charter Conference mandated the Secretariat to formulate non-binding policy options, which could facilitate the removal of non-discriminatory and de facto barriers to the establishment (entry) of energy investments.

Based on the discussion that took place at the meetings of the Implementation Group and expert consultations in 2017, the Secretariat prepared the Energy Charter Investment Facilitation Toolbox (INV Toolbox), which in its 1st edition, contains a checklist of policy options for removing non-discriminatory and de facto barriers to the establishment (entry) of energy investments.


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