ECS smallerSecretary 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.
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Moscow Forum

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.

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African UnionThe Director for Energy and Infrastructure of the African Union Commission Mr. Aboubakari Baba Moussa visited the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels on 3 April 2014. This followed on from his participation at the 4th EU-Africa summit entitled "People, Prosperity and Peace" which had focused inter alia on the future of EU-Africa Energy Partnership.
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ECS smallerOn 1 April 2014, the Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel held a meeting at the premises of the Secretariat in Brussels. Secretary General Urban Rusnák informed the IAP members on the latest developments in the Energy Charter framework including activities of the Energy Security Contact Group, negotiations on the Updated Energy Charter and start of the regular five-year Review of the functions of the Energy Charter. The IAP welcomed the developments and agreed to participate in the Review process.
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Treaty

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.

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AR 2013 ENGThis report gives an overview of the 2013 activities of the Secretariat and the organisation in general.
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Asset Swaps 2014 ENG(2014) This study was prepared jointly by the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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IAP Insights 2013(2014) This annual publication gives an overview of the Industry Advisory Panel's activities.
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Gobitec and the ASG 2014 CHThe executive summary of this earlier study has been made available in Chinese.
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