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On 23 April 2018, Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák participated in the EU4Energy Action Steering Committee meeting which was hosted by the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna. The meeting took stock of the EU4Energy actions over the last 12 months and adopted the work plans under the different EU4Energy components for the next year. The EU4Energy country coordinators from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus expressed their high appreciation and satisfaction from the ongoing...

On 20 April 2017, a delegation from the Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI) visited the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels. EPPEI is entrusted by the Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) to carry out tasks such as researching international organisations to evaluate their importance to China’s policy objectives. Currently, EPPEI is drafting a research report on energy organisations that will include the International Energy Charter, International Renewable Energy...

On 17 April 2018, the Energy Charter Secretariat participated in the 23rd Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) which was hosted by the government of Tajikistan, in Dushanbe. The ECO is an international organisation comprised of ten countries in the Eurasian region, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Eight of these ten countries are also full members of the Energy...

During the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018, Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák met with H.E. Anton Anton, Romanian Minister of Energy to discuss priorities of the Romanian Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference in 2018. The Secretary-General briefed on preparations for the International Energy Forum on the 6-7 June and for the 29th Energy Charter Conference which will be held on 27-28 November 2018. Dr Rusnák encouraged Romania’s input for the ongoing modernisation...

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018 kicked off on the 17th of April for a two-day conference on viable concepts for the ongoing transformation of the global energy sector. High-level participants and state ministers from around the world were in attendance. German Foreign Minister, Heiko Mass opened the first session followed by German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union...

When the status of Observer by invitation expired at the end of 2016, there was the possibility to keep the observer status by signing the new International Energy Charter. The International Energy Forum Ministerial Meeting on 10-12 April 2018 in New Delhi offered the opportunity to reconnect with former Observer by invitations. 

 

On May 29, 2017, the Government of the Republic of Turkey ratified the Trade Amendment to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). Yesterday the Energy Charter Secretariat received official communication from the Depository, Portugal, informing that on the 3rd November 2017, the Republic of Turkey deposited its instrument of ratification. As stipulated in Article 42 paragraph 4 of the ECT, amendments to it shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the deposit of its instrument of...

Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák was invited by the Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), H.E. Sun Xiansheng, to attend the 16th Ministerial Meeting from 10-12 April 2018 in New Delhi. The theme of the Forum was “The Future of Global Energy Security: Transition, Technology, Trade and Investment”. In his inaugural address, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi outlined the four pillars of the energy sector: energy access, energy efficiency, sustainable energy...

During the IEF Ministerial Meeting on 10-12 April 2018, the Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák accompanied by the Head of Expansion Unit Ernesto Bonafé, held side meetings with Contracting Parties and Observers on current issues such as the accession process, modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty, the project on Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) and participation in the Subsidiary body working groups and in the annual Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference that will be hosted at the...

On 29-30 March 2018 during his visit to Beijing China, Energy Charter Secretary-General, Dr Urban Rusnák conducted a number of bilateral meetings with representatives from the National Energy Administration (NEA), China Electricity Council (CEC), Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI) and Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEI). 

The third fact-finding mission of the Energy Charter Secretariat’ s Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) project took place in Abuja, Nigeria from 26 to 29 March 2018.  In line with the scope of EIRA, the mission’s goals was to find out in greater detail about the energy sector of Nigeria, gather information on its regulatory and legal regime, and to understand the functioning of various state and non-state bodies, agencies and institutions in the context of the country’s political...

The Global Energy Interconnection Conference is taking place in Beijing from the 28-29 March 2018. The event is hosted by the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) and the theme is on Global Energy Interconnection: from China’s initiative to Global Action

The International Energy Charter contributed to the First Session of the African Union (AU) Sub-Committee on Energy held in Nouakchott in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on 21-23 March 2018. The meeting gathered the numerous AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the African Development Bank, international organisations and the private sector. On the margins of the meeting, bilateral talks with the Ministry of  Petroleum, Energy and Mines took stock of Mauritania’s accession...

On 15 March 2018, during his visit to Baku, Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák conducted a number of bilateral meetings with high-level representatives from the Azerbaijan Government and ADA University. Azerbaijan Minister of Energy Mr Parviz Shahbazov and Dr Rusnák jointly opened the EU4Energy High-level roundtable on energy efficiency. During the bilateral meeting which followed, they discussed priorities for the EU4Energy technical assistance as well as the planned consultations...

On the 15 March 2018, under the auspices of the EU-funded EU4Energy Programme, the Energy Charter Secretariat, the EU delegation in Azerbaijan  and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, presented the draft Law on the Efficient Use of Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency. The draft legal text, developed in close cooperation between Azerbaijani and international experts, is based on best EU and international practices. It includes modern policy instruments targeting the...