On 14 September 2016, the Energy Charter Secretary General, Dr Urban Rusnák met with H.E. Fuad Isgandarov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Head of the Mission to the European Union. Dr Rusnák informed Ambassador Isgandarov on the recently launched EU-funded energy programme – EU4Energy and in particular on the specific objective to support Azerbaijan in the implementation of recent energy policy recommendations on a voluntary basis. As one of the EU4Energy implementing organisations (together with the Energy Community Secretariat and International Energy Agency), the Energy Charter Secretariat will be closely working with Azerbaijan and will be delivering the necessary technical assistance within EU4Energy Component 3 until 2020. The Energy Charter Secretariat is already discussing with the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan the priority areas for assistance, which cover energy efficiency, renewable energy, trade and transit, functioning of the internal markets and rules for attracting investments.
Ambassador Isgandarov welcomed the role the Energy Charter Secretariat will play within the EU4Energy programme and expressed his full support to the inclusion of the identified important areas for support in the EU4Energy Multi-annual Programme of work. Both agreed that EU4Energy inception mission will be organised at the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan in the coming weeks to prepare the detailed activities for the 4-year programme. Further high-level meetings will be held during the upcoming visit of the Secretary General to Baku in October 2016.