On 10 September 2014 Secretary General Rusnák met with Mr. Stefan Füle, the outgoing EU Commissioner for Enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy. Commissioner Füle and Amb. Rusnák agreed that it would be beneficial to further enhance cooperation between the EU and the Energy Charter in line with the EU Energy Security Strategy of May 2014. There should also be more use of existing initiatives in Southeast Europe. Many of the countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood and of the Western Balkans are Contracting Parties to the Energy Charter Treaty. They therefore share a common legal framework for international energy relations with EU member states.
Signatories of the European Energy Charter and invited countries from all continents will convene on 15-16 September 2014 in Brussels for the third round of negotiations on the 'updated' Energy Charter declaration. The total number of states invited to the negotiations currently stands at 106.
The 'updated' Energy Charter is a political declaration mapping out common principles for international cooperation and common areas of cooperation in the field of energy. The final name of the document has not yet been decided.
Representatives of the broader Energy Charter constituency began voting for candidates for the 2014 Energy Charter Award. The Award, instituted in 2013, is designed to give recognition for the exceptional contribution which various individuals and entities have provided to the Energy Charter Process over the years. The nominee with the most votes by 31 October will receive the Award at the next meeting of the Energy Charter Conference, scheduled for November in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Award will consist of a symbolic item and will be presented to the winner by the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, the Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference or the Energy Charter Secretary General.
On 3 September 2014, after speaking at the 11th APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting in Beijing the day before, Secretary General Urban Rusnák met with various Chinese officials and academics to follow up on previously agreed cooperation projects and to exchange views on how to further deepen the existing engagements between the Energy Charter and China. The Secretary General first met with Mr. Ji Xie (pictured) from the Department of Resources Conservation and Environmental Protection of the National Development and Reform Commission. After showing a strong mutual interest in producing an energy efficiency policy report on China, both sides agreed that future discussions should broadly define the objectives, benefits, content, and financial arrangements concerning the report.