Secretary General Rusnák held a series of meetings with ministers of countries from the region of Middle East and North Africa in the margins of the Ministerial Meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean in Brussels on 11 December 2013. The MENA region is specifically targeted by the Energy Charter's expansion and outreach policy.
With Dr. Mohamad Hamed, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan, Amb. Rusnák discussed the possibility of the country’s accession to the Energy Charter Treaty and the role Jordan could play in the negotiations on an updated version of the 1991 Energy Charter, scheduled for 2014. Jordan's accession reports were approved by the Energy Charter Conference, the organisation's top governing body, at the end of 2009.
6 December 2013, Nicosia, Cyprus – At its Meeting today the Energy Charter Conference approved a new system of chairmanship of the organisation designed to encourage the member countries' political ownership of the Charter Process. From 2014 individual countries will chair the Conference on an annual basis.
Kazakhstan will be the first country to assume this important role from 1 January 2014. Recognising the challenges lying ahead and the opportunities arising from the ongoing modernisation processes within the Charter, Kazakhstan is looking forward to leading the Charter in the coming year.
|7 March 2014
World Bank Conference Centre, Paris