At its last meeting of 2017, the Strategy Group established a Subgroup on Modernisation to conduct discussions on the potential modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty. On 11 September 2019, the Strategy Group acknowledged the successful completion of the discussions on the potential modernisation of the ECT and subsequently decided to dissolve the Subgroup.
On 6 November 2019 (see Conference Decision CCDEC201910), the Energy Charter Conference established and mandated the Modernisation Group to start negotiations on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty, with a view to conclude negotiations expeditiously. On 16 December 2020, the Modernisation Group reported to the Conference on progress made in fulfilling the negotiations mandate (see Conference Decision CCDEC202016).
At its Ad Hoc meeting on 24 June 2022, the Energy Charter Conference confirmed the Agreement in principle on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty. A public communication explaining the main changes can be found here.
The Conference expects to meet ad hoc in April 2023 to finalise the discussion on the adoption of the amendments to the ECT.
Modernisation Group Chairpersons
Chair: Mr Lukas Stifter (Austria)
Vice-Chair: Mr Akiyoshi Kawabata (Japan)
Vice-Chair: Mr Elshan Abdulazimov (Azerbaijan)
Vice-Chair: Mr Felix Imhof (Switzerland)