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Discussions on the Energy Charter Treaty Modernisation in Belarus

On Wednesday 13 December 2017, during his visit to Minsk, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák held a meeting with Belorussian officials to discuss the potential need and/or usefulness of updating, clarifying or modernising the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). From the Belorussian side, under the lead of Deputy Minister of Energy Mr Vadim Zakrevsky, officials from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Justice, Department on Energy Efficiency and Belneftekhim state company, took part in the discussion.

Belarus, who currently applies the ECT provisionally, stressed the need to take into account its membership in the Eurasian Economic Union. Therefore, the involvement of the Eurasian Economic Union into modernisation exercise is desirable.

The first phase of modernisation of the Energy Charter Process was finalised successfully in 2015 with the adoption of the International Energy Charter (which updated the initial political declaration signed in 1991). Today, 87 countries and international organisations have signed it. The next step in the modernisation exercise is to consider the potential ‘update’ of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). It was the first official visit of the Secretariat to discuss modernisation, after the Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in Ashgabat.