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Students from the University of Groningen visit the Secretariat

On 18 March 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat hosted a group of students from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.  Young future energy leaders came to learn more about the Energy Charter Treaty and the activities of the Brussels-based international energy organisation.

In-house legal and policy experts gave broad overviews of their respective activities as well as their relation to the Energy Charter Treaty and within the general global energy environment. Presentations touched upon a broad array of topics including dispute settlement, energy efficiency, energy investment and energy transit. Also discussed was the Energy Charter’s growing international cooperation with observer and outreach countries in Africa and Asia.

Seconded officials from Energy Charter member countries Azerbaijan and Yemen also gave uniquely captivating presentations. The former provided a history of Azerbaijan in the global fossil-fuel industry, discussed the context for the development of the Southern Gas Corridor and listed Azerbaijan’s three main priorities during its 2020 Chairmanship in the Energy Charter Conference. The latter explained how the Energy Charter Treaty could serve as an instrument for attracting investment in the reconstruction of a post-conflict country like Yemen, especially in the area of rural electrification.

This educational activity is regularly organised by the Knowledge Centre in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Energy Charter Secretariat and the University of Groningen.