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Brussels, 5 September 2012 - The Prime Minister of Serbia, Mr. Ivica Dačić, with a delegation of Serbian government officials and representatives of the Serbian energy sector came to the offices of the Energy Charter Secretariat today to meet with the Secretary General Rusnák and the Secretariat's management. Serbia's accession to the Energy Charter Treaty was the principal focus of this meeting.

The Secretary General Urban Rusnák visited Ulaanbaatar on 29-30 August 2012, where he delivered a speech at the event "Discover Mongolia - 2012 Mining Conference". Dr. Rusnák's speech, entitled "North-East Asia's Energy Demand and Supply: the Potential of the Energy Charter", focused on the benefits of sharing multilateral rules in the context of investment promotion and protection.

The Energy Charter Secretary General Rusnák was in the Australian capital, Canberra, for a series of meetings on 21-24 August 2012.

The recent blackout in India, which deprived more than 600 million people of electric power (nearly 1 in 10 people in the world) demonstrated once again the importance of energy for economic progress of any country. It showed that secure and modern energy infrastructure is crucial for the prosperity of the people.

On 20 July 2012 the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmon received the Energy Charter Secretary General Urban Rusnák. During their meeting, President Rakhmon stated that Tajikistan was looking to develop its enormous energy potential while respecting the interests of all Central Asian states. In order to achieve this goal, Tajikistan was interested in developing cooperation with all countries and with international organisations, such as the Energy Charter, where it became a member in 1997.

The Energy Charter Secretariat with its Italian partners within the DACO project (local energy agency ALESA and the province of Chieti) and local municipalities held two stakeholders meetings in the city of Taraz, Kazakhstan, and city of Somoniyon, Tajikistan.

Within the framework of the ongoing in-depth review of the investment climate and market structure in the energy sector of Kazakhstan, a team of Energy Charter Secretariat experts visited Astana on 12-14 July 2012. The Secretariat was represented by Dr. Dario Chello, Director for Energy Efficiency and Investment, and Mr. Zafar Samadov, Senior Expert on Investment. Ms. Maira Utesheva from the Kazakh JSC National Company KazMunayGas also participated in the review.

The highly influential Saint-Petersburg International Economic Forum took place on 21-23 June 2012. High-level participants representing governments, international organisations and the private sector gathered to discuss a wide range of topics related to ongoing developments in the key economic regions of the world.

On 18-22 June 2012 the Energy Charter in-depth energy efficiency review team visited Azerbaijan at the invitation of the Azeri Ministry of Industry and Energy. The review is carried out in accordance with the Energy Charter's Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects.

Within the framework of the DACO project, the second Stakeholders Meeting was held in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan, on 21 June 2012. This event was organised by the local authorities together with the Energy Charter Secretariat and ALESA (Italian local energy agency).

The Secretary General Rusnák had a bilateral meeting with Energy Commissioner Oettinger on 19 June 2012. Discussion focused on the Energy Charter's new policy on consolidation, expansion and outreach and on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Process, where the Commission's support was highly appreciated.

‘Petroleum: Fuelling Prosperity, Supporting Sustainability' was the theme of the 5th Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) International Seminar, which took place in Vienna on 13-14 June 2012. The event brought together ministers from OPEC member states and other oil-producing countries, heads of intergovernmental organisations, industry leaders, academia and the media. Discussions focused on topical issues affecting the industry against the backdrop of the ongoing global...

The Caspian Offshore Development Conference took place on 13-15 June 2012 in Astana, Kazakhstan. This event gathered key offshore stakeholders, including state owned operators, regional governments, oil and gas majors, representatives of international organisations and experts from Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Russia.

On the margins of the 5th OPEC International Seminar, which took place in Vienna on 13-14 June 2012, the Secretary General Rusnák met with H.E. Abdulrahman Benyezza, Oil and Gas Minister of Libya. The Secretary General outlined the Energy Charter's core activities, as well as the organisation's policy on consolidation, expansion and outreach, and proposed to establish cooperation between the Energy Charter and the Libyan government. Minister Benyezza welcomed this initiative and confirmed his...

In the margins of the 5th Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) International Seminar taking place in Vienna on 13-14 June 2012, the Secretary General Rusnák held meetings with delegations of several OPEC member countries, notably the Saudi and United Arab Emirates delegations. Dr. Rusnák also met with Mr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF). Dr. Rusnák and Mr. Flores-Quiroga agreed on further cooperation between the Energy Charter...