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The 3rd edition of the Investment Arbitration Masterclass co-organised by the Legal Affairs unit of the Energy Charter Secretariat concluded after four intense days (5-8 November). The interactive exercises were focused on providing 15 government officials (from 12 countries and the Commission), legal practitioners and representatives from energy companies with hands of training about the practicalities and intricacies of investment arbitration process, as well as practical information about how...

On 2 November 2018, a visiting group of 20+ municipal government officials from the city of Pochun in South Korea visited the Energy Charter Secretariat in order to receive a briefing on energy, climate and the environment. The Korean officials were in Brussels as part of a wider-study tour of renewable energy activities in North West Europe, where they also met with energy stakeholders in France and the Netherlands. Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák, delivered a welcome speech to...

On 30 October 2018, Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák visited the Ministry of Industry & Trade and met with Deputy Cabinet Minister Ms Alexandra Rudyšarová and Deputy Minister René Neděla to discuss cooperation between the Czech Republic and the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS). The topics discussed in detail included the potential Energy Charter Treaty modernisation and the Consolidation-Expansion-Outreach Policy (CONEXO). The Czech Republic will also participate in the Energy...

The International Energy Charter, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and the International Mediation Institute (IMI) jointly organized the 3rd training course for mediators in investment disputes kindly hosted by the Department of Justice of Hong Kong and the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL). The week-long training, which concluded on October 21 and was preceded by some panels on investment law,...

The 2018 World Investment Forum was held under auspices of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on 22-26 October in Geneva. Organised under the overall theme of Investing in Sustainable Development, the Forum addressed global challenges for international investment in the new era of globalisation and industrialisation. 

On 24 October 2018 the Energy Charter Secretariat held the second meeting of the Technical Subgroup on Transit.  The Subgroup was created early this year to serve as a dialogue platform and to identify the direction for the work of the Secretariat in the area of transit of energy resources. 

The Energy Charter Knowledge Centre contributed a 3-day training program within the context of the two-week long 2nd International Seminar on Belt and Road Initiative, Energy Connectivity & Innovation organised by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. This 3 day training was held in Beijing during October 15-17, and consisted of multiple knowledge stream deliveries and interactive discussions focusing on key global energy challenges, comparative analysis of investments into energy...

During the meeting on the margin of the Belt and Road Energy Ministerial Conference in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, PRC on October 19, 2018, the Secretary General  Amb. U.Rusnák discussed with the Deputy Administrator of the National Energy Administration Mr Fanrong Li, gradual progress towards China’s accession to the Energy Charter Treaty. By 2018 all three accession reports of China have been completed by Chinese experts with the support of the Energy Charter Secretariat. China is interested to...

The Energy Charter Secretariat was invited to participate in the CYPGasTech conference which was held in Cyprus on 16-18 October 2018 under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus. The meeting gathered experts and industry members active in the gas sector of the East Mediterranean region.

On 17-18 October 2018 the Iranian Petroleum and Energy Club (IPEC) organised its 4th IPEC Congress and Exhibition, in Teheran. The Congress was opened by Iran’s Minister of Petroleum, H.E. Bijan Zangeneh. 

The International Energy Charter participated in the Belt and Road Energy Ministerial Conference and International Forum on Energy Transitions, held in Suzhou City, China. The event provided an opportunity for high-level officials to meet and discuss energy cooperation related to the Belt and Road Initiative. 

On October 14 2018, the Energy Charter Secretariat co-organised with IMI, CEDR, ICC a Forum on Mediation in the GCC and the Development of Investor State (IS) Mediation, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) hosted by ADGM (Abu Dhabi Global Market). The UAE has been an Observer to the Energy Charter Conference since the summer of 2017.  The forum discussed the challenges to mediating investment disputes as well as the different instruments developed by the Energy Charter Secretariat to...

Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák and his team attended as special guests for the Nigerian National Energy and Climate Change Summit taking place on 11-12 October 2018 in Abuja. The event was organised by the National Energy Commission in conjunction with the Energy Charter Secretariat and the European Union