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The International Energy Charter Participates in the Round Table Discussion Hosted by the European Parliament on “EU – Central Asia Relations”

On 7 February 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák and Transit Expert Mr Kanat Botbaev, attended a round table discussion at the European Parliament in Brussels on “EU-Central Asia Relations: Exploring New Potential.” The round table was hosted and moderated by Mr Eduard Kukan, Member of the European Parliament. 

Invited guests included Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr Peter Burian, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, and Mr Tavo Klaar, European External Action Service. The discussion centred on the relevance of the EU Strategy for Central Asia and the strategic interests of the EU in the region. Dr Rusnák stressed the role of the International Energy Charter as an instrument to provide a common platform for energy cooperation between EU member states and countries of Central Asia. This year Turkmenistan assumed the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference, while Kazakhstan chaired the Conference in 2014. The Central Asian region consistently displays strong political commitment to the Energy Charter process and represents an opportunity for the EU to implement certain aspects of the EU Strategy and at the same time share the EU energy experience and best practices. As a land-locked region, Central Asia is particularly interested in diversification of transit routes and corridors as well as improving energy efficiency and increasing its renewable sources of energy.