5 December 2013, Nicosia, Cyprus
- Mr. Ruud Lubbers, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands received today the very first Energy Charter Award. The Award was presented by the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Cyprus Mr. Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and the Energy Charter Secretary General Amb. Urban Rusnák during the Ministerial Session of the 24th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus. On behalf of Mr. Lubbers, the Award was collected by Amb. Brechje Schwachöfer, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Cyprus. In his video message to Conference Meeting participants, Mr. Lubbers said, "I receive this award at the very moment that geographic expansion is key. We are now talking 'World', not only Europe. Governance has to be practiced as complementary governance by business, politics and civil society, each of them with their own 'mission', but together".
President of the Slovak Republic Mr. Ivan Gašparovič received ECS Secretary General Urban Rusnák in Bratislava on 27 November 2013. Amb. Rusnák informed President Gašparovič of the latest developments within the Energy Charter Process and the ongoing Charter modernisation. The Secretary General specifically highlighted the work planned for next year on updating the 1991 Energy Charter, the political declaration at the heart of the Energy Charter Process. The decision on proceeding with negotiations on the updated version of the Charter was formally adopted by the Energy Charter Conference, the organisation's top governing body, on 27 November 2013.
The purpose of the report is to analyse issues related to electricity transit in selected countries if Central and South Asia, to compare existing transit pricing methodologies and to make recommendations to the respective decision making bodies in the region. This report reviews both existing and proposed approaches to the pricing of electricity transit. As a result, the ITC-model (inter-TSO compensation for transit) used by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity was selected as the most promising solution for UPS CA.
On 21 November 2013, Secretary General Urban Rusnák met with Mr. Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Amb. Rusnák and Mr. Alkalaj discussed synergies and cooperation in the field of energy in Eurasia, the geographic strongpoint of the two organisations. This included a reflection on cooperation in view of the implementation of a recent UN resolution on reliable energy transit.