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On 7 March 2012, the Secretary General Rusnák met in Brussels with Amb. Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). They discussed the prospects for closer cooperation between the Energy Charter and the OSCE, given the complementary nature of these organisations' activities in the field of energy security and sustainable and environmentally-friendly energy policies and practices, as well as their largely overlapping constituencies.


The Energy Charter Secretary General Urban Rusnák addressed the Vienna Energy Club meeting, hosted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on 27 February 2012. With the event's main focus on improving efficiency, accountability and transparency in the field of energy, Dr. Rusnák's speech centred on the contribution of the Energy Charter to energy governance.

On 17 February 2012, the Energy Charter Secretariat received a letter signed by representatives of six companies located in Energy Charter Treaty member countries. The letter referred to certain measures which had resulted in severe restrictions of electricity exports in the Treaty's constituency.

The DACO project was launched on 15-16 February 2012 at a meeting in Chieti, Italy. This event brought together representatives of the Energy Charter Secretariat, the Local Energy Agency of the Province of Chieti (ALESA), the European Commission and the mayors of the cities participating in the project: Novogrudok (Belarus), Somoniyon (Tajikistan), Sumgayit (Azerbaijan) and Taraz (Kazakhstan).

A delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat visited Algeria on 23-25 January 2012. The delegation met with officials from the Ministry for Energy and Mines and representatives of the main countries present in Algeria's energy sector. The aim of theses meetings was to underline the mutual benefits of developing further the cooperation between Algeria and the Energy Charter. Discussion focused on the country's potential for developing renewables and on the prospects for exploration and...

The Energy Charter welcomed Germany's voluntary contribution aimed at strengthening the dialogue and cooperation between the countries of North Africa and the Middle East and the Energy Charter Treaty constituency. The contribution will support the project "Creating a Reliable Legal and Political Framework for Energy Investments in the MENA Region on the Basis of the Energy Charter Treaty" and will be spread over a period of 18 months from January 2012.

The Energy Charter Conference has appointed Ambassador Urban Rusnák from the Slovak Republic as the new Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat. The decision was taken by the member states of the Energy Charter Conference at its 22nd Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 29 November 2011. Ambassador Rusnák will assume his duties as Secretary General on 1 January 2012, taking over from the outgoing Secretary General, Ambassador André Mernier.

The Energy Charter Secretariat Director for Trade and Transit Steivan Defilla has been invited to give a presentation on the Energy Charter at the Global Energy and Resources Roundtable, held on 5 November 2011 in the Chinese City of Qingdao.

The Senior Adviser Patrick Larkin attended the 15th Annual Middle East Natural Gas Summit in Istanbul on 24-26 October 2011. The MEGAS event brings together those countries from the Middle East and North Africa who are key players in the oil and natural gas markets. This year's conference was held in Turkey which, being close to much of the world's oil and gas reserves, creates a natural bridge between source and consumer countries. The debate at MEGAS focused on the highly topical Southern...

The Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference Amb. Selim Kuneralp represented the Energy Charter at the Fifth Kazenergy Eurasian Forum held in Astana on 4-5 October 2011. The Forum is regarded as a unique platform for discussing topical issues related to oil and gas and power sectors in Kazakhstan and globally. Amb. Kuneralp spoke on "Global Energy Preparedness: Supply, Demand and Transit of Energy Resources - Interdependence of All Participants in the Global Energy Exchange".

In September 2011 the Albanian Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy and the National Agency for Natural Resources hosted an in-depth energy efficiency peer review mission under the Energy Charter Protocol for Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects (PEEREA). Officials from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, the Bulgarian Energy Efficiency Agency, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development, supported by the Energy Charter Secretariat,...

The Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Energy and Industry of Azerbaijan have been working in close cooperation to prepare an In-Depth Review of the Investment Climate and Market Structure in the Energy Sector of Azerbaijan. As part of the review process, the in‐depth review team of the Energy Charter Secretariat supported by an official from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development visited Azerbaijan between 26 September and 1 October 2011.

The 2011 LNG Global Congress took place on 26-29 September 2011 in London. This event featured over 85 speakers and provided a global view of the LNG industry, as well as detailed local-level presentations.

On 22 September 2011, the Energy Charter Secretariat participated in the IX International Forum "The fuel and energy complex of Ukraine: the present and the future" in Kiev, Ukraine.