|On 7 March 2014 Secretary General Rusnák held meetings at the Political Directorate of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the General Directorate for Energy and Climate at the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. Amb. Rusnák highlighted France’s valuable contribution to the Charter Process ever since its first days, and underlined the role of the Energy Charter Treaty in providing solid foundations for energy security within its constituency. In line with this important function, on 3 March the Secretary General had set up an Energy Security Contact Group, whose purpose is to prevent the possibility of any disruptions to energy flows in the region affected by the current crisis in Ukraine (please click here for the Secretary Generals statement).|
Paris, 7 March 2014 – Secretary General Rusnák gave today a welcome speech at the conference to mark the 20-year anniversary of the signing of the Energy Charter Treaty. The conference was organised jointly by the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the Energy Charter Secretariat.
The Secretary General presented the statistics on investor-state dispute settlement under the ECT, and the Secretariat's proposals regarding increasing the transparency and general awareness of investment arbitration issues.
The Energy Security Contact Group on the Ukraine Crisis established by Secretary General Urban Rusnák met for the first time at the office of the Energy Charter Secretariat on 5 March 2014. The Secretary General chaired the meeting.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Kazakhstan, who holds the Chair of the Energy Charter Conference this year, and of the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the European Union’s DG Energy and the European External Action Service. Secretary General Rusnák outlined that the purpose of the meeting was to allow for an exchange of views on the current energy situation in Ukraine and possible implications for the flow of energy within the constituency of the Energy Charter.
|3 April 2014