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The 2019 edition of the Investment Arbitration Masterclass is an interactive training that will guide the participants through the main stages of investment arbitration under the rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The training will also include comprehensive coverage of the complex topic of determination of damages and strategic...

On 17 October 2019, EU4Energy and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of Armenia organised the first meeting of the Building Energy Efficiency Task Force. Deputy Minister Hakob Vardanyan opened the meeting and noted that the decision to establish the Task Force was agreed during the last meeting of the EU High-level Energy Efficiency initiative. The Task Force will now serve as the central coordinating body for all legislative and investment initiatives in Armenia,...

On September 16 2019, the International Energy Charter participated in the Second Steering Committee meeting of the Programme for Improving the Governance of the Energy Sector (AGoSE) of the ECOWAS Member States, which took place in Abuja, Nigeria. The Energy Charter Secretariat has developed a track record of cooperation with ECOWAS (ie, the Economic Cooperation Organisation of West African States) in recent years, since a number of the countries from West Africa are currently in the process of...

The Third Annual Belt Road Initiative Seminar and Training Program concluded in Beijing on September 26, 2019, with the Energy Charter Secretariat once again contributing to the proceedings of this international gathering. This year’s seminar was combined with the 8th annual edition of the Global Energy Security Forum, a high-profile international platform for evaluating the core energy and climate related challenges at the global level. China is rapidly developing itself as a leading platform...

On 30 September 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat launched the Energy Investment Risk Assessment 2019 (#EIRA2019), the second edition of its flagship publication. The launch event took place in Brussels and was opened by European Commission Former Director General for Energy Dominique Ristori and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy Ilir Bejtja, representing the Albanian Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference 2019.

On 26 September 2019, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák, met with the Minister of Energy of Qazaqstan Mr Kanat Bozumbaev. The Minister welcomed the work undertaken by the Investment Unit of the Secretariat on the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) project. He also expressed Qazaqstan’s commitment to the process of modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and to the continuation of the secondment programme at the Energy Charter Secretariat

On 26 September, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák introduced the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) 2019 in the context of the Kazenergy Eurasian Forum 2019 in Nur-Sultan city, Qazaqstan. EIRA – as a concept – is based on the core values of the Energy Charter Process; building confidence, promoting open markets, and strengthening the rule of law. EIRA examines and addresses risks related to unpredictable policy and regulatory change, discrimination between foreign and...

The Albanian Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference and the Energy Charter Secretariat are pleased to invite you to the launch of the Energy Investment Risk Assessment 2019 (#EIRA2019) report in Brussels. 

Information about the claims has been compiled on the basis of public sources, including specialised reporting services. Since 2001, when the first case invoking the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was registered, the Energy Charter Secretariat tracked 125 publicly known investment arbitration cases where the ECT was invoked (sometimes together with a BIT).

The first meeting of the Inter-Ministerial working group (IMWG) on the NEEAP development was held on 19 September 2019 in Baku. The meeting was organised jointly with the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan within the ongoing EU4Energy Governance project. Members of the working group comprise representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Agriculture, State Committee for Architecture and Urban Development, State Statistical Committee, energy...

Under the auspices of the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects (PEEREA) and at the request of Azerbaijan, the International Energy Charter embarked upon a three-day mission from 16 to 18 June with the objective of conducting an in-depth energy efficiency review of Azerbaijan.

The Energy Charter Secretariat and the 2018 Model Instrument on management of investment disputes received the honours of “highly commended” within the category of “creating a new standard – In house” for the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards in 2019

On 5 September 2019, a delegation of the Energy Charter Secretariat visited the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg. The meeting was hosted by Mr François Trévoux, Director of the Energy Department of the Projects Directorate, and joined by representatives from the Energy Security Division and the Electricity Networks Division. The EIB Projects Directorate undertakes a full assessment of projects, including technical, economical, social, societal and regulatory risks, before the...

On 6 September 2019, Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák visited Lisbon Portugal, where he met high ranking representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Energy Transition and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

On 30 September 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat will present the Energy Investment Risk Assessment 2019 (#EIRA2019), in Brussels.

#EIRA2019 evaluates policy, legal and regulatory risks to energy investment in 34 countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. It aims to identify gaps, provide learning opportunities, and stimulate reforms which make the investment climate of countries more robust.

The event will be open to the public. Due to the limited seating, you are kindly...