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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. 

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).

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.

On 14 December 2017 in Minsk, Belarus, the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Energy co-organised a high-level roundtable on investment in the energy sector of Belarus. The purpose of the event was to discuss ways to improve the investment climate of the country in order to increase the inflow of investment in the country’s energy sector as a whole. Overall, more than 25...