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Dr. Jovin Mwemezi from the East African Community (EAC) spent the week at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels during the week of 15-19 January 2018. The EAC looks to deepen cooperation since becoming an Observer to the Energy Charter Conference by signing the International Energy Charter declaration in 2016. 

Beginning on 1 January 2018, Romania will assume the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for the year. Mr. Robert TUDORACHE (State Secretary, Ministry of Energy Romania) has been appointed as the Chair of the Conference. Vice-Chairs will be Ms. Elena POPESCU (Romania), Mr. Vepa HAJIYEV (Turkmenistan), and Ms. Dorina CINARI (Albania).

Constructive cooperation continues to develop between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the International Energy Charter in early 2018, as Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák joined a range of dignitaries and high-level officials in addressing the Second Annual Abu Dhabi Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum on 12-13 January 2018. 

On 21 December 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák met with Austria’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union, Ambassador Thomas Oberreiter, in Brussels.