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The International Energy Charter is pleased to announce the launch of the Energy Investment Risk Assessment publication - #EIRA2018. The launch of this flagship publication is open to the public and will take place on the 3rd of October 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The event will open with a keynote speech from the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.

 

On 1 August 2018, the new Ambassador of Panama in Brussels H.E. Miguel Verzbolovskis paid a courtesy visit to meet with Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák. The meeting allowed the resumption of the positive collaboration between Panama and the International Energy Charter since it acquired observer status in 2017. Panama is interested in sharing common standards on investment promotion, trade and transit. The Panama Canal is an essential link in the global LNG supply chain, and the...

Another exciting edition of the Legal training will take place at the Energy Charter Secretariat on 5-8 November 2018. The 2018 edition of the Investment Arbitration Masterclass is a hands-on training and open discussion guiding participants through the main stages of a typical investment arbitration. 

On 30 July 2018, Her Excellency Ms Aigul Kuspan Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Brussels paid an introductory visit to the Energy Charter Secretariat.  Being recently appointed, H.E. Ambassador Kuspan met with Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák and other officials of the Secretariat.  

The Bucharest Energy Charter Conference is now available on the Energy Charter YouTube channel

On 14 October 2018, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a Forum will be held on Mediation in the GCC and the Development of Investor State (IS) Mediation.

On 20 July 2018, Energy Charter Secretary-General, Dr Urban Rusnák met with Dominique Ristori, Director General of DG ENER at the European Commission offices.  The meeting centred on the current activities of the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS), namely, the modernisation process of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), the situation on investment and transit and the launch of the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) report. The meeting was also the occasion for DG Ristori to reaffirm support of...

The Energy Charter Secretariat was invited by the Research Service of the European Parliament to take part in a roundtable on renewable energy on 17-18 July 2018, which was held in Niger, in West Africa. Head of Expansion Unit, Dr Ernesto Bonafé, participated in a panel composed of other experts from the European Parliament, the European Commission, the African Development Bank, IRENA, and other stakeholders from Niger. The roundtables (there were two others on numeric transformation,...

On 5 July 2018, the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan and the EU4Energy Governance project conducted the First Meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on the Long-term Energy Strategy of Azerbaijan.  

On 6 July 2018, the Energy Charter Secretariat held an interactive workshop on Prevention and Management of Investment Disputes. The workshop aimed to informally exchange views and experiences from governmental officials on dealing with investment disputes to gather their practical concerns and best practices. The comments received during the workshop will be used to enrich the draft Model Dispute Management Protocol, prepared by the Energy Charter Secretariat with the support of the IMI...

On 6 July, the Energy Charter Secretariat hosted the fourth meeting of the Implementation Group in 2018. Under the leadership of Chair Ms Klara Rakhmetova from the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Group discussed the perspectives for the new flagship publication of the Energy Charter Secretariat, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) project. Mr David Kramer, Head of Unit for Investment, described the progress and gave an outlook for future editions. The first public edition of EIRA will...

On July 2 2018, Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák held several bilateral meetings with Albanian governmental authorities as a part of the preparation process for the Albanian Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference in 2019. The Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Mr Damian Gjiknuri, and the Deputy Minister Ms Dorina Cinari, outlined Albania’s priorities for the Chairmanship which are in line with the objectives of the country’s energy strategy. The Chairmanship priorities...

The World Gas Conference, a triennial event conducted by the International Gas Union, is one of the most important gatherings of policymakers, buyers, sellers, and experts in the global gas industry. The 2018 Washington edition gathered 2,200 participants and 300 companies during the week of 25-29 June 2018. 

On June 19 2018, Energy Charter Secretary-General, Ambassador Urban Rusnák, held a bilateral meeting with Iran’s Petroleum Minister, Mr Bijan Zangeneh, at the Ministry of Petroleum in Tehran. Also present during the meeting were Dr Amir Hussein Zamania, Deputy Petroleum Minister of Iran, and Dr Marat Terterov, the Head of the Energy Charter Secretariat’s Knowledge Centre. Minister Zanganeh and Ambassador Rusnák discussed the prospects for Iran’s deeper engagement in the Energy Charter Process....

A delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat was hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources in Jordan on 20-21 June  2018. The country is taking part in the new publication, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA), which will be launched on 1 October 2018 in Brussels. The mission contributes to the development of the country profile of Jordan. EIRA 2018 is expected to contain 30 country profiles.