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The 7th OPEC International Seminar took place on 20-21 June 2018 in Vienna, Austria, and gathered numerous ministers from oil-producing and oil-consuming nations, as well as heads of intergovernmental organisations and chiefs executives of national and international oil companies. This edition was the first seminar held since OPEC and non-OPEC signed the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ in December 2016.

The Energy Charter Secretariat participated in the 12th edition of the International Energy Conference, which concluded successfully in Tehran earlier this week. Having contributed speaker presentations to the previous two sequences of this major event on the Iranian calendar, in 2014 and 2016 respectively, the Secretariat’s involvement in this year’s event was upgraded to the status of co-organiser. Tehran’s International Energy Conference attracts hundreds of local as well as international...

On the 18-19 June 2018, the 7th Global Forum on Energy Security “Belt and Road Initiative, Global Energy Governance and Innovation” was held in Beijing. The forum was organised by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in partnership with the International Energy Charter, the International Energy Forum, the US Energy Security Council and other expert organisations.

Under the auspices of the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects (PEEREA) and at the request of Montenegro, the International Energy Charter embarked upon a three day mission from the 12 to 14 June with the objective of conducting an in-depth energy efficiency review of Montenegro. 

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed this week between the ADA University (Baku, Azerbaijan) and the Energy Charter Secretariat in line with its previous practice. The aim of the memorandum is to strengthen cooperation through joint activities, promote knowledge related to the Energy Charter Treaty, energy policy and investment protection, and support knowledge sharing on Energy Charter related matters. 

This year’s annual Forum, jointly organised by the International Energy Charter and the Government of Romania, brought together high-level politicians, officials and technical experts from Member and Observer countries of the International Energy Charter, including Malta, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Jordan and China

On 5 June 2018, the University of Dundee hosted a policy workshop titled - Towards the European Energy Union; In search of principles. The event was hosted by the University’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.

On 15 May 2018, the nomination process began for delegates to submit their nominations for the Energy Charter Award. The Award is given to any individuals or entities in recognition of their deep involvement and for valuable contribution to the Energy Charter Process.

The Energy Charter Secretariat has taken part in the training course “BADGE – Régulation de l’Énergie. Ouverture à la concurrence du secteur de l’électricité dans les pays africains,” organised by the prestigious Mines Paris Tech. The current course edition has gathered participants from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, and Mauritania. On 4 June 2018, the Energy Charter Head of Expansion Unit, Dr Ernesto Bonafé, delivered a lecture on « La libération du secteur de...

Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák and Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, HE Aziz Rabbah, held a meeting on 30 May 2018 in Rabat. Morocco is willing to continue the accession process to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) as part of its strategy to mobilise investment in order to achieve the targets of 52% share of renewable electricity generating capacity and 15% of energy efficiency by 2030. 

Consistent with its annual practice, this year the Secretariat organised an information session on the Energy Charter Treaty for LLM Students of Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy at the University of Barcelona.

A team from the Energy Charter Secretariat travelled to Chisinau, Moldova on a fact-finding mission. The primary objective of this mission was to collect information relevant to the 2018 Energy Investment Risk Assessment report (EIRA).

The European Business Summit kicked off on the 23 May 2018 for a two-day conference in Brussels. One of the roundtables was co-hosted by the Mission of China to the EU and focused on "Vision and Action: EU-China Dialogue on the Belt and Road Initiative". 

On 24-25 May 2018 in Catania, Italy, the 3rd Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) began. The Forum is organised by the Italian Republic in close cooperation with the European Commission to present progress of the EUSAIR macro-regional Strategy and promote the strengthening of the network and partnerships within the Adriatic and Ionian Region. 

On 21 May 2018, two new activities under the EU4Energy Governance were launched with a kick-off meeting hosted by the Ministry of Energy in Azerbaijan. One focuses on supporting the development of a long-term energy strategy in Azerbaijan. The country has started the decisive move towards ‘non-oil growth’. The long-term Energy Strategy will determine how the creation of wealth from indigenous resources should be best optimised, harnessed and combined for economic growth and what role the energy...