Secretary General Rusnák visited Tehran on 25 August 2014 for high-level meetings at the Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Energy, the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran.
On 21 August 2014 Secretary General Urban Rusnák met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák in Bratislava. The parties discussed the ongoing preparations for the Energy Charter Forum in Bratislava scheduled for autumn, and the situation with the supply of natural gas to the EU trough Ukraine. Amb. Rusnák provided an update on the recent developments within the Energy Charter Process and the ongoing modernisation, including the negotiations on an Updated Energy Charter. Deputy Prime Minister Lajčák reiterated the support of the Slovak Republic to the modernisation of the Energy Charter and to its geographic expansion. Slovak diplomacy is actively cooperating with the Energy Charter Secretariat by providing important support within the format of Energy Charter Liaison Embassies in Podgorica (Montenegro) and Belgrade (Serbia).
Secretary General Urban Rusnák during his recent visit to Tbilisi, Georgia, on 20 August 2014 had a meeting with the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Mr. Kakha Kaladze to discuss the priorities set for the 2015 Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference. At the meeting, the parties also discussed issues of regional power transit, investment relations between the member countries of the Energy Charter and the ongoing modernisation process. Minister Kaladze, accompanied by Ms. Mariam Valishvili, Vice-Chairperson of the Energy Charter Conference and Deputy Minister of Energy of Georgia, expressed full support of the government of Georgia for the modernisation of the Energy Charter. The Minister also informed Amb. Rusnák of the ongoing preparation of the upcoming Chairmanship's flagship initiative and of 26th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in Tbilisi in 2015.
The Energy Charter Secretariat is seeking fellowship applications for a research on the topic of remedies under the Energy Charter Treaty. After the publication of the final awards issued in 3 arbitrations between former shareholders of Yukos and the Russian Federation, the Energy Charter Secretariat is currently aware of more than 20 arbitral awards rendered under the Energy Charter Treaty (out of 58 known cases). In some of them, the arbitral tribunal considered remedies different from compensation.