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The Energy Commission of Nigeria in collaboration with the International Energy Charter hosted the high-level Nigeria Energy and Climate Change Summit at the State House in Abuja on 11-12 October 2018. 

On 10 October 2018 in Minsk, Belarus, the Energy Charter Secretariat together with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Belarus and the EU Delegation to Belarus held a communication workshop on stakeholder consultation and inter-ministerial coordination. The goal of the event was to provide support to the Ministry of Energy in developing its own procedure for organising public participation in the policy-making process of the country’s energy sector. Belarus’s current practice of using...

On 4 October 2018, the Knowledge Centre of the Energy Charter Secretariat organised a workshop on energy investments in Uzbekistan with the participation of more than 40 attendees from European institutions, representatives of energy companies, media, academia and others participants interested in energy investments in Central Asia region.

As confirmed by the Depository State Portugal, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will become a Contracting Party to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) on 11 December 2018. The Treaty was ratified by the Parliament in Jordan in April 2018, the instruments of ratification were deposited to the Depository on 11 September 2018. 

On 3 October 2018 the Energy Charter Secretariat launched the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA), its new flagship publication. The launch event took place in Brussels and was opened by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.

On 26 September 2018, the International Energy Charter organised a seminar on investment mediation hosted by China Electricity Council (CEC) in Beijing. The seminar attracted great interest within the Chinese stakeholders and was attended by more than 100 participants, including the Deputy Director of the Department of Treaty & Law of the Ministry of Commerce, the Vice-President of the Beijing Association for Alternative Dispute Resolution and First Rank Senior Judge and the Deputy...

On 27 September 2018, several stakeholders discussed the Chinese perspective on the potential modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). After the presentation of a draft report produced by Hao Zhang and Yu Kaho from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, there was a round-table discussion moderated by the General Counsel of the Energy Charter Secretariat.

In September 2017, the International Energy Charter and the China Electricity Council established a Joint Research Centre in Beijing. The idea behind the Centre was to share knowledge through research and public activities while at the same time promoting the Energy Charter Treaty and its principles in China.

On 25-26 September 2018 in Baku Azerbaijan, the Energy Charter Secretariat together with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the European Commission (DG NEAR) co-organised two consecutive EU4Energy workshops. The first was on a “Code of Good Practice for Stakeholders Consultation and Inter-Ministerial Coordination” and second was on “Support to the Development of the Long-Term Energy Strategy of Azerbaijan”.

The Energy Law Associations from France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom have created the European Federation of Energy Law Associations (EFELA), which held its first conference in Brussels on 18 September 2018. The event was entitled ‘Beyond Energy Sector Reforms’. Associations in Germany and Ireland are observer members. EFELA’s goal is to promote ‘reflection, study, research and discussion on the configuration of a modern Energy Law’ at a time when the energy transition...

The new Latin American Association of Energy Law (ASIDE, Asociación Iberoamericana de Derecho de la Energía) invited the Energy Charter Secretariat to participate in its inaugural Congress held in Mexico on 6-7 September 2018 hosted by the Facultad de Derecho y Criminlogía de la  Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey. The meeting gathered energy law professors from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and the United States, energy regulators from Mexico, Panama and the Regional...

On 13 September 2018 in Yerevan, Armenia, the Energy Charter Secretariat together with the Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia and the EU Delegation to Armenia convened a communication workshop on developing a code of good practices for stakeholder consultations and inter-ministerial coordination. 

On September 11, 2018, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) hosted the Energy Charter Treaty Forum in Paris. The event was jointly organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat, ICSID, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).

On the 5 September 2018, His Excellency Mr Chary Atayev, the recently appointed ambassador of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Belgium, paid a courtesy visit to the Energy Charter Secretariat and met with Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák.  

At the end of August 2018, high-level energy executives from around the world gathered In Stavanger, Norway for two biennial events - the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) Summit in cooperation with the Munich Security Conference On 26-27 August, followed by the ONS Conference and Exhibition 27-31 August. Both events involved high-level government officials, top industry representatives and academics. The International Energy Charter was represented by Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák who took part...