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As of 1 January 2019, Albania assumed the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for the year. The Conference works on an annually rotating basis, and each year a new country takes over leadership to direct the highest decision-making body of the Energy Charter process

On 5 and 6 February, the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development hosted a fact-finding mission related to the country’s participation in the flagship publication, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA). The Head of the Secretariat’s Investment Unit Mr David Kramer and Expansion Unit Coordinator Mr Can Öğütçü conducted meetings with Mr Mohammed Ghazali, Secretary General, and Mr Mohamed Bernannou, Advisor to the Minister and Chief Staff of the Minister H.E. Mr Aziz...

The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) entered into force for the Republic of Yemen on 29 January 2019. Yemen has been formally involved in the Energy Charter Process since December 2013, when it undertook the step of requesting observer-ship by Invitation during the Energy Charter Conference in Nicosia. The country then became an Observer in November 2014, signing the European Energy Charter. It also signed the International Energy Charter in 2015. Yemen subsequently went through the procedural stages...

On 5 February 2019, the newly appointed Albanian Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Ms Belinda Balluku, welcomed Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák in Tirana. This meeting was inaugural in light of Albania’s Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference this year. The parties had an opportunity to go over a range of topics which covered cooperation with the Energy Charter Secretariat, modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty, Review under Article 34(7) and the Albanian...

In the context of the EU4Energy Governance project, the Energy Charter Secretariat has organised a Capacity-building Workshop on the promotion of activities of energy service companies (ESCO) and the implementation of energy performance contracts (EPC) in the Republic of Belarus on 30-31 January 2019 in Minsk. The meeting was officially opened by the representatives of the Department of Energy Efficiency of the Republic of Belarus and the EU Delegation in Minsk that both highlighted the...

Officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat visited Ashgabat on 22 January 2019, to conduct important meetings with Turkmen counterparts. The first meeting was devoted to the possible modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.  It was attended by representatives of key ministries and state bodies, including the Parliament and those dealing with energy issues. The meeting was interactive, and the officials of the Secretariat...

The Energy Charter Secretariat contributed to the high-level 3rd Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum, The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation, which took place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11-13 January 2019. The Forum is widely recognised as a signature event for the discussion of topics such as digital transformation of the global energy markets, energy innovation and new energy technologies, geopolitics as well as renewable energy and the onward evolution of the global energy transformation. The...

The 9th General Assembly of IRENA took place in Abu Dhabi from the 10–13 January 2019. It was an opportunity for Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák, to discuss the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) with high-level representatives from Member countries including HE Claude Turmes, the Minister of Energy of  Luxembourg, HE Mohammed Al-Anani, the Minister of Electricity and Energy of Yemen, HE Gantulga Tudevkhuu, the Vice-Minister of Energy of Mongolia, HE Mohammad Gul...

Information about the claims has been compiled on the basis of public sources, including specialised reporting services. Since 2001, when the first case invoking ECT was registered, the Energy Charter Secretariat tracked 121 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...

On 17 December 2018, the International Energy Charter organised a Conference to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), The Energy Charter Treaty entered into force on 16 April 1998. After the successful update of the political declaration in 2015, it was time to reflect on the lessons learned, objectives achieved and challenges ahead (in particular, the potential Modernisation of the ECT). 

Her Excellency Hala Adel Zawati, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan was in Brussels, for the 20th Anniversary of the entry into force of the  Energy Charter Treaty, and met with Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák on 17 December 2018. Jordan is, the first Arab country to become Member of the Energy Charter Treaty.  

On 11-12 December a delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat’s Investment Unit held meetings with several organizational units of the World Bank Group in Washington DC. The aim of the mission was to discuss potential cooperation between the Investment Unit of the Secretariat and the World Bank units in the context of the Secretariat’s new flagship publication, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA).

On 13 of December 2018, the Republic of Sierra Leone joined the family as the 91st signatory of the International Energy Charter declaration of and was granted observer status to the Energy Charter Conference.

On 13 December 2018, the EU4Energy Governance project together with the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan organised the second meeting of the Inter-Ministerial working group on the development of a Long-term Energy strategy. The Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Kestutis Jankauskas, and Deputy Minister of Energy, Samir Valiyev, opened the meeting.

As confirmed by Portugal, the Depository State, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has become a Contracting Party to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) as of the 11 December 2018. The Treaty was ratified by the Parliament in Jordan in April 2018, the instruments of ratification were submitted to the Depository in September 2018. Jordan started the accession process to the ECT back in 2009.