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On 19 July 2016, the Energy Charter Secretary General, Dr. Urban Rusnák met with the incoming Secretary General of the International Energy Forum Mr. Xiansheng Sun at the premises of the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels. The meeting followed-up on an earlier discussions in the margins of the 1st Asia Energy Cooperation Forum in Chongqing, China, earlier the previous month. The two sides exchanged ideas on future cooperation; mutual...

On 4 July 2016 the Energy Charter Conference approved the use of an informal working name, ‘International Energy Charter’, to refer to the Energy Charter Conference and its subsidiary bodies, as well as the Energy Charter Secretariat. Such name will be used as of 4 July 2016 for any public communications of the organisation, except for those documents that require the use of the official name of the relevant institution according to the Energy...

Following the call for nominations for the 2016 Energy Charter Award, the Energy Charter Secretariat received two nominations: (1) Ms Klara Rakhmetova, Energy Charter Project Manager, KAZENERGY Association and (2) Mr Mohamed Salem Ould Bechir, Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Mines of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. This was in recognition of their deep involvement and valuable contribution to the International Energy Charter Process.


On the occasion of the Ambassadorial ECOWAS meeting at the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group headquarters on 14 July 2016 in Brussels, Dr. Urban Rusnák delivered a presentation on the International Energy Charter. The Secretary General gave an overview of the historical development of the organisation, its mission and main objectives, the Energy Charter Treaty, and the International Energy Charter declaration signed in The Hague in May 2015.