|Secretary General Rusnák chaired the fourth meeting of the Energy Security Contact Group on the Ukraine Crisis attended by representatives of Kazakhstan (holder of the organisation's chairmanship in 2014), the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the European Union on 4 April 2014. The meeting was held at the office of the Energy Charter Secretariat. |
The highly successful first Moscow Energy Charter Forum took place on 3 April 2014. This event was organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat, Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and supported by the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Mr. Alexander Novak.
Over 150 participants from Russia and abroad gathered to discuss the topic "Cross-Border Trade and Investment Flows as the Backbone of International Energy Security". Representatives of governments, the energy sector, financial sector, regulatory authorities, law firms, international organisations, academia and the media focused on the challenges in achieving long-term energy security, effectiveness of asset swaps and other ways of bringing closer international energy markets, as well as the stronger and weaker points of various measures aimed at the promotion of investment flows.
The Energy Charter Secretariat has received an official request from the government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to sign the 1991 Energy Charter. The signing of the Charter will allow Mauritania all the rights related to Charter observership. It will also mark Mauritania’s first step towards accession to the Energy Charter Treaty.
The request of Mauritania will be disseminated for consideration to all delegations of the Energy Charter Conference, the organisation's top governing body. It is envisaged that the signing ceremony will take place after Conference approval.