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During his visit to Dushanbe on 5-6 May 2009, the Secretary General André Mernier met with the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. Among the issues discussed at the meeting were the current situation in Tajikistan's energy sector and its potential in developing energy networks in the region through cross-border cooperation.

Following the member states' decision to invite Serbia to proceed with accession to the Energy Charter Treaty, the Secretary General André Mernier met with the Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković at the Government's house during a visit to Belgrade on 28-30 April 2009.

On 23 April 2009, the Secretary General Amb. André Mernier met H.E. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. During their meeting, the Secretary General underlined the importance to the Energy Charter of Turkmenistan, which has signed and ratified the Energy Charter Treaty. Amb. Mernier noted the growing significance of Turkmenistan as an energy producer and congratulated the President on the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 19 December 2008 of the...

On 20 April 2009, Dr Michael Thomadakis of Greece was appointed Chairman of the Energy Charter Investment Group following unanimous approval by the member states through 'silent procedure'.

On 20 March 2009, Dr Neil Melvin, Senior Adviser to the Secretary General of the Energy Charter, participated in the Meeting of the Ministers of Energy of the Organisation of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Yerevan, Armenia. The meeting was devoted to the theme of "Energy Security in the Black Sea Region". The Energy Charter Secretariat has the status of observer to the BSEC, while BSEC is also an observer to the Energy Charter Conference. This has been the basis over several years for...

Ambassador André Mernier, the Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, attended the annual European Gas Conference – Flame, held on 10 March 2009 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Speaking to conference participants, he highlighted the unprecedented character of the Russian-Ukrainian energy dispute of 2009. The Secretary General noted that the crisis had confirmed the need to ensure the full functioning of legally binding multilateral agreements, such as the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT),...

The crisis between Ukraine and the Russian Federation has been the source for comment about the Energy Charter Treaty, its operation and pertinence to energy security. This demands a response.

On 21 January 2009, Vladimir Rakhmanin, Deputy Secretary General of the Energy Charter and Dr. Neil Melvin, Senior Adviser to the Secretary General, visited the International Energy Agency (IEA), within the framework of the close cooperation between the two institutions.

Below are the official statements issued by the Energy Charter Secretary General André Mernier prior to and during the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine throughout the first weeks of 2009.

The Energy Charter Treaty provides a very important and useful tool which underpins the effectiveness of the Energy Charter Process and makes sure its evolution reflects new developments and challenges in international energy markets.

China became an observer to the Energy Charter Conference in 2001, and since then it has been involved in the Energy Charter Process. As part of this cooperation, a delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat visited Beijing in December 2008. During the visit, the Energy Charter delegation held talks with officials from the National Energy Administration focused on strengthening cooperation between the Energy Charter Process and the government of China.

On 14 November 2008, the European Union (EU) and Russia held their 22nd Summit in Nice. Among the topics covered in the course of discussions were energy security and climate change concerns, especially in the context of the looming financial and economic crisis.

On the sidelines of the EU-Russia Summit, the 7th meeting of the "Club de Nice" Forum on the issue of "Energy and Geopolitics" was held. It was attended by industry representatives, top executives of national and international...

At the 2nd Kyiv Security Forum "Black-Caspian Sea Region and European Energy Security" on 6 November 2008, discussion focused on important energy security challenges facing countries in Europe and beyond, and on the more efficient ways of managing the interdependence between energy producers and consumers to the mutual benefit of all parties along the energy value chain.

On 1-5 September 2008, experts from Norway, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Germany, supported by staff from the Energy Charter Secretariat, travelled to Bratislava for the Second In-Depth Energy Efficiency Review of the Slovak Republic. In 1999, the Slovak Republic was the first country to undertake an in-depth review under the Energy Charter's Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects (PEEREA). The Slovak Ministry of Economy invited a second review to consider...

In July 2008 Vladimir Rakhmanin became Deputy Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat.