The third issue of the Knowledge Centre Review is now available. In this May-June issue, the Knowledge Centre shares interesting articles such as the piece by the Minister of Energy of Lithuania Mr. Jaroslav Neverovič on the completion of the first LNG terminal in the Baltic region, as well as new research on key energy topics. In addition, readers will be informed about Secretary General Rusnák's trip to China, the conclusion of two very successful Knowledge Centre Training Programmes (one in Brussels and one in Astana) and about the Ulaanbaatar Energy Charter Forum.
Upon the invitation of the Minister of Energy and Health of Malta Dr. Konrad Mizzi and the EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, Secretary General Urban Rusnák participated in the Malta Energy Conference 2014. In his intervention Amb. Rusnák stressed the importance of the Charter Process in the development of a predictable investment climate, energy transit, cross-border energy trade and regional energy cooperation in the broader Mediterranean area. All littoral states of north Mediterranean are members of the Energy Charter Treaty and most of the countries of the south and the east are observers to the Charter Conference. The Secretary General informed the participants of the ongoing modernisation of the Energy Charter Process and the updating of the 1991 Energy Charter – the political declaration underpinning the Charter Process.
Pursuing the Energy Charter consolidation policy, Secretary General Rusnák is on mission to Reykjavik on 7-8 July 2014. Iceland is one of the five original Energy Charter Treaty signatories which have not ratified the Treaty. The Secretary General met with the minister responsible for the energy portfolio, the Minister for Industries and Innovation Ms. Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir, to discuss the possible ratification of the Treaty by Iceland. The meeting was also attended by a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Minister Arnadottir confirmed that the ratification of the Treaty was under active consideration in her ministry. She indicated that the issue could be brought to discussion before the cabinet in the coming months.
On 2 July 2014 the OSCE Secretariat in cooperation with the Energy Charter Secretariat held a workshop on Sharing Best Practices to Protect Electricity Networks. The workshop took place in Vienna and was opened by Amb. Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General, and Amb. Urban Rusnák, Energy Charter Secretary General. This workshop served as an initial event to launch the preparation of a handbook on best practices to protect electricity networks from natural and man-made disasters.