|Together with the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan and the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, the Energy Charter has organised, on 20 November 2014 in Tokyo, a workshop on the "Increasing Role of Renewables in Japan and Future Scenarios for Electricity Interconnections in Northeast Asia", kindly hosted by KPMG. In addition to participants from the industry, universities and research institutes, the workshop was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and of Tokyo embassies of Germany, Mongolia, the UK, and the US.|
As part of his official visit to Japan, Secretary General Urban Rusnák met with the Chairman of the Institute of Energy Economics (IEEJ) and gave a series of lectures for postgraduates at Tokyo and Kyoto Universities on 17 and 18 November 2014. Both universities welcomed the possibility of concluding a Memorandum of Understanding with the Energy Charter Secretariat.
Japan will assume the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference in 2016.
Following the fourth round of negotiations on the International Energy Charter at the end of October 2014, the parties have now finalised the text of this new political declaration.
"What started as an exercise to clear the 1991 European Energy Charter of outdated terminology, resulted in a text that reflects modern energy challenges. At the same time, through this declaration, countries from the entire globe will endorse the Energy Charter’s established principles of cooperation", said Secretary General Urban Rusnák on the occasion of the end of the negotiations.
On 10 November 2014, Energy Charter Secretary General Urban Rusnák met with the newly appointed Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič in Brussels.
The parties discussed topics of mutual interest and areas of potential cooperation between the Energy Charter and the European Commission in the field of energy security and energy governance.