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As confirmed by Portugal, the Depository State, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has become a Contracting Party to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) as of the 11 December 2018. The Treaty was ratified by the Parliament in Jordan in April 2018, the instruments of ratification were submitted to the Depository in September 2018. Jordan started the accession process to the ECT back in 2009. 

On 3 December 2018, the Energy Charter Secretariat in cooperation with the George Washington University Law School held an interactive seminar on Prevention and Management of Investment Disputes. The seminar aimed to explore practical issues such as early assessment of the dispute, transparency and confidentiality, when to consider investment mediation, the role of the agent and hiring external experts. 

A Technical Meeting of Experts, preceding the Meeting of Ministers in charge of Energy of ECOWAS Member States, was held on 3 December 2018 in Abidjan. The opening ceremony was marked by a statement delivered by the Minister of Energy of Côte d’Ivoire, Mr Thierry TANOH. 

On 27 and 28 November 2018, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák held several high-level meetings. These meetings included bilateral conversations with the Afghan Minister for Energy and Water Mr Mohammad Gul Khulmi, the Hungarian Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy Mr Péter Kaderják, the Portuguese Secretary of State of Energy Mr João Galamba, and with high-level officials from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Mongolia, Morocco, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Swit...

“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. 

A Workshop for Afghanistan Private Sector on WTO Membership Benefits and Resources Available Adjacent to the Geneva Conference, took place on 28 November 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Workshop was organised by the Commercial Law Development Programme of the US State Department of Commerce, USAID and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the WTO. The target audience was private stakeholders from different sectors, including energy. The discussion centred on the removal of legal and...

After consultations (with the industry and Observers) and internal discussions during 2018 conducted by the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Subgroup on Modernisation (Ms. Sofía Sanz Estébanez and Mr. Sunao Orii), on 27 November 2018 the Energy Charter Conference approved the list of topics for the discussion on the modernisation of the ECT:

Romania hosted the successful 29th Statutory Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in Bucharest on November 27, 2018 with over 50 delegations from countries and international organisations all over the world. 

The Energy Charter Conference adopted the Bucharest Declaration at its 29th Meeting held on 27-28 November 2018 under the chairmanship of Romania. The Conference was attended by delegates from over 50 countries and delegations from different regions of the world. The Bucharest Energy Charter Declaration will serve as a strategic document leading up to the next review which will be undertaken in 2019, in accordance with Article 34(7) of the Energy Charter Treaty

The Declaration reiterates the...

On 27 November 2018 the Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) held its 41st meeting in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting was hosted by Transgaz and the Romanian Energy Center. The IAP Bucharest session was well attended by representatives of energy companies, associations, international organisations, and financial institutions.

His Excellency Mr Kairat Abdrahmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan was in Brussels and met with Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák on 22 November 2018. The meeting, held in a working lunch atmosphere, was devoted to the relationship between the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Republic of Kazakhstan and the current state of affairs of the Energy Charter Process

EU4Energy Governance commenced an activity together with Gosstandart’s Department for Energy efficiency of Belarus to support the development of a legislative and regulatory framework for energy service companies. The first meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group established to discuss key directions for the draft legislative proposals, took place 20 November 2018 in Minsk. Members of the group include representatives from the Department for Energy Efficiency,  Ministry of Energy,...

During the Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, taking place in Kiev 12-15 November 2018, the Energy Charter Secretariat presented the first public edition its new flagship publication, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA 2018). During the following discussion panel Mr Artashes Kirakosyan, Acting General Secretary of the Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia, stated: “There are no political barriers, but political opportunities...

The 5th Abu Dhabi Strategic Dialogue (ADSD) took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 11-12 November 2018, with the Energy Charter Secretariat contributing to the energy components of these high-level public discussions. The ADSD is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE and the Emirates Policy Centre, and gathers several hundred experts and decision makers from the Gulf region and further abroad in order to deliberate over the strategic evolution of the Gulf...

On 12 November 2018, Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák took part in the Ministerial Conference and the 9th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development. According to the UN, the world is not on track to achieve its sustainable development and climate change goals. During his intervention, the Secretary-General stressed the potential role of the Energy Charter Treaty to support energy transition.  "We cannot achieve sustainable energy future if fossil fuels still...