EU-CharterOn 27 April 2015 Secretary General Rusnák opened the first ever Energy Charter Press Briefing on the topic of "Energy Union: Can We Do It without the Energy Charter?". Dr. Rusnák began the discussion with some background information on the Energy Charter Treaty. He then explained how the Charter modernisation process had led to the negotiations of a new political declaration, the International Energy Charter (IEC), with the aim of refreshing the principles enshrined in the 1991 European Energy Charter. The IEC reflects the need to adapt the text of the 1991 Charter to modern challenges and dynamics in the energy sector, and to change its language from a mainly East-West perspective to a more global one.
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Serbia-EUOn 24 April 2015 Secretary General Urban Rusnák spoke at the evening debate dedicated to the topic of "Serbia and the EU: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead". The Secretary General underlined the importance of multilateral energy cooperation for boosting Serbia's economic development. The Energy Charter stands ready to provide support to Serbia through access to its expertise and in particular its model agreements for cross-border pipelines and electricity interconnections. In case of any energy flow disruptions Serbia has the right to initiate the Charter's Early Warning Mechanism.
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AnticOn 24 April 2015 Secretary General Urban Rusnák met with a high-level Serbian delegation headed by Mr. Aleksandar Antić, Minister of Energy and Mining. The sides exchanged views on the next important steps by Serbia towards acceding to the Energy Charter Treaty. Minister Antić also confirmed that Serbia would sign the International Energy Charter at the upcoming Ministerial Conference in The Hague on 20-21 May 2015.
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IME and TTGThe Energy Charter Secretariat and the government of Turkmenistan co-organised an International Meeting of Experts on Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy on 22 April 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. The Meeting focused on the topic of "Facilitating Investments in New Transit Infrastructure". The meeting continued the work initiated during the first meeting of experts hosted by the government of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat on 10-11 December 2014 under the UN General Assembly Resolution 67/263 "Reliable and stable transit of energy and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation".
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MaputoDeputy Secretary General Selim Kuneralp met with the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mozambique Mr. Pedro Couto in Maputo on 22 April 2015. Mr. Kuneralp and the Minister discussed the relevance and benefits for Mozambique of the International Energy Charter (IEC) – a political declaration to be adopted in The Hague on 20 May 2015. Chad and Niger became Charter observers on 22 April; an increasing number of Sub-Saharan African countries are confirming their interest in adopting the IEC.
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Ashgabat Forum report 2014 ENG(2015) The report on the Ashgabat Energy Charter Forum held on 8-9 December 2014 has been published.
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International Energy Security 2015 ENG(2015) This report was prepared in the context of International Energy Charter negotiations.
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AR 2014 ENGThis report gives an overview of the 2014 activities of the Secretariat and the organisation in general.
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IAP Insights 2014(2015) This annual publication gives an overview of the Industry Advisory Panel's activities.
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