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On 1 February 2018, the Energy Charter Secretariat hosted its first meeting of the Implementation Group for 2018. The Implementation Group had substantial discussions on soft law instruments and agreed that a Technical subgroup on transit could best address these issues. The Group approved the nomination of Ms Klara Rakhmetova from the Republic of Kazakhstan as the Chair of the subgroup and invited the delegations to submit their nominations for a Vice-chair. The Technical subgroup will convene...

On 11 May 2018 in Paris, France, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Energy Charter Secretariat, and Permanent Court of Arbitration will organise a conference titled: Key Issues in International Arbitration: Advocacy, Damage Calculation, Settlement and Cybersecurity.

Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák travelled to Abu Dhabi at the invitation of the Ministry of Energy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Secretary-General was invited to participate in one of the flagship gatherings of the international energy sector – Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week - during 13-15 January 2018. 

Dr Jovin Mwemezi from the East African Community (EAC) spent the week at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels during the week of 15-19 January 2018. The EAC looks to deepen cooperation since becoming an Observer to the Energy Charter Conference by signing the International Energy Charter declaration in 2016. 

Constructive cooperation continues to develop between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the International Energy Charter in early 2018, as Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák joined a range of dignitaries and high-level officials in addressing the Second Annual Abu Dhabi Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum on 12-13 January 2018. 

On 21 December 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák met with Austria’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union, Ambassador Thomas Oberreiter, in Brussels.

Beginning on 1 January 2018, Romania will assume the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for the year. Mr. Robert TUDORACHE (State Secretary, Ministry of Energy Romania) has been appointed as the Chair of the Conference. Vice-Chairs will be Ms. Elena POPESCU (Romania), Mr. Vepa HAJIYEV (Turkmenistan), and Ms. Dorina CINARI (Albania).

On 14 December 2017 in Minsk, Belarus, the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Energy co-organised a high-level roundtable on investment in the energy sector of Belarus. The purpose of the event was to discuss ways to improve the investment climate of the country in order to increase the inflow of investment in the country’s energy sector as a whole. Overall, more than 25 representatives from government institutions, the energy industry, the business community and international...


In the light of growing cooperation between Iran and the International Energy Charter, representatives of the Iranian Oil Industry Youth Committee in the World Petroleum Council visited the Energy Charter Secretariat on December 13, 2017. The Iranian delegation participated in a specially organised workshop by the Secretariat’s Knowledge Centre in order to provided knowledge about  the Energy Charter Process and the Energy Charter Treaty.

On 14 December 2017 in Minsk, Belarus, the third meeting of the “Task-Force for Scaling up Investments in Energy Efficiency” took place. The roundtable comprised representatives from the Ministry of Energy, state-owned energy companies, the private sector, international finance organisations and other relevant state agencies that cover the energy sector.

On Wednesday 13 December 2017, during his visit to Minsk, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák held a meeting with Belorussian officials to discuss the potential need and/or usefulness of updating, clarifying or modernising the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). From the Belorussian side, under the lead of Deputy Minister of Energy Mr Vadim Zakrevsky, officials from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Justice, Department on Energy...

Mr. Berdimammet Esenmammedov was a seconded expert from Turkmenistan who worked at the Energy Charter Secretariat  beginning in March till the end of November 2017. Secondees are government representatives working at the Secretariat and remain employed by their own national body.  

During the 28th Energy Charter Conference in Ashgabat on 29-30 November 2017, a large number of Observer countries further strengthened ties with the Energy Charter Process. A number of these countries also proclaimed the objective of acceding to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).


The 28th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference drew to a close yesterday, November 29, 2017, in Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan. More than 60 country delegations and international organisations contributing to the proceedings of the conference during the past two days, addressing the key themes of the event: "Mobilising investment for a sustainable energy future and diversified transportation routes". National delegations travelled great distances to participate in the...

Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to develop cooperation and expand interaction on issues falling within the scope of the mandate of the Secretariat. The signature ceremony was organised during the 28th Energy Charter Conference in Ashgabat, held on 28-29 November 2017. Following the signature ceremony, the Secretary General had a bilateral meeting with H.E. Rashid Meredov, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of...