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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...

On May 14, 2018, Members of the Energy Charter Conference consulted with industry, through its Industry Advisory Panel, on the potential modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). Ms Sofía Sanz (Spain), Chair of the subgroup on modernisation, conducted the meeting with the support of the Vice-Chair, Mr Sunao Orii (Japan). The Consultation focused on investment protection standards, the right to regulate, transit and other topics contained in the conference decision (CCDEC201723) regarding...

Information about the claims has been compiled on the basis of public sources, including specialized reporting services. Since 2001, when the first case invoking ECT was registered, the Energy Charter Secretariat tracked 114 publicly known investment arbitration cases where the ECT was invoked (sometimes together with a BIT). As arbitrations can be kept confidential, the actual number of disputes is likely to be higher. The Secretariat welcomes any additional information or clarification on...

The Technical Subgroup on Transit held its first meeting on 16 May 2018. The Subgroup was established in 2017 to support the Implementation Group by setting out policy recommendations on facilitating and securing energy transit. The Subgroup brings together the representatives of the oil, gas and electricity industry from the Energy Charter Contracting Parties as well as Industrial Advisory Panel members. Following the appointment of Ms Klara Rakhmetova as the Chair of the Subgroup, Ms Anna...

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the International Energy Charter jointly organized a 3-day training course for mediators in investor-State disputes. The training took place from May 8 to 10, 2018, at the World Bank Conference Centre in Paris, and was attended by participants from all regions of the world.