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29th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference

Jointly organised by the Ministry of Energy of Romania and the Energy Charter Secretariat

27-28 November 2018, Bucharest, Romania

“Driving Innovation For Ensuring Energy Security, Sustainability And Prosperity” was the key topic of this year’s Ministerial session of the Energy Charter Conference held in Bucharest on November 27-28, 2018. The Ministerial session was attended by more than 150 participants from Energy Charter Members, Observers, International Organisations and members of the Industrial Advisory Panel. 

Apart from official addresses to the Conference, the delegates had a dynamic discussion about the role that innovation plays in the energy transition and how innovative technologies help countries to achieve sustainable growth. Ministers and other high level government officials from Energy Charter member countries and Observers also talked about their long-term energy targets, energy transition perspectives and how to phase out fossil fuels taking into account legitimate interests of all involved parties. “The key question is how to make the transition which can be difficult for countries depending on energy production from coal” highlighted Mr Anton Anton, Minister of Energy of Romania. 

In his concluding remarks, Mr Robert Tudorache, Chair of the Energy Charter Conference and State Secretary, Ministry of Energy of Romania presented the main achievements of the Energy Charter Process under the Romanian Chairmanship in 2018, including the accession to the ECT by Jordan and Yemen, invitation for Eswatini (former Swaziland) to accede to the Energy Charter Treaty, publishing of the #EIRA2018 - Energy investment risk assessment publication that includes 30 countries and the successful implementation of the Bucharest Forum on energy efficiency, energy poverty and providing access to affordable energy services in June 2018.