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Albania prepares for the 2019 Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference

On July 2 2018, Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák held several bilateral meetings with Albanian governmental authorities as a part of the preparation process for the Albanian Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference in 2019. The Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Mr Damian Gjiknuri, and the Deputy Minister Ms Dorina Cinari, outlined Albania’s priorities for the Chairmanship which are in line with the objectives of the country’s energy strategy. The Chairmanship priorities will be officially presented at the Implementation Group meeting in Brussels on the 6th of July. The meeting covered the topics of Albania’s participation in the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) project and potential collaboration in the energy efficiency and renewable energy fields. 

The potential cooperation on the improvement of energy efficiency and the promotion of the renewable energy sources was further discussed with Ms Entela Cipa, the Director of Agency of Energy Efficiency and Mr Adrian Bykyku, the Executive Director of the National Agency of Natural  Resources. The outcomes of the meetings suggest that Albania is committed to achieve the country’s sustainable energy targets and to fulfil its international obligations on climate change mitigation.  

The readiness of Albania to liaise with Energy Charter Member and Observer countries to further strengthen the reliable and predictable cooperation in the energy sector, was also unambiguously underlined by Mr Etjen Xhafa, the Deputy Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs. During the meeting with Ms Alma Hicka the State Advocate General, the Secretary-General highlighted the importance of transparency, sharing experience between the Member countries and the creation of a clear framework for the prevention of the investment disputes. Both, the Albanian Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and State Advocate Office emphasised the importance of cooperating with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy as well as other institutions to support the successful Chairmanship of Albania in the Energy Charter Conference in 2019.