The Energy Charter Treaty creates a unique multilateral legal framework for facilitating international energy cooperation. As of 1 April 2021, the Energy Charter Treaty has 56 Signatories and Contracting Parties (including the European Union and Euratom).
The International Energy Charter is the informal working name of the Energy Charter Conference, its subsidiary bodies and the Energy Charter Secretariat. Know more about the Energy Charter Process here.
EIRA is a publication of the Energy Charter Secretariat. The primary role of the Energy Charter Secretariat is to (1) assist the Energy Charter Conference in performing its duties, (2) carry out the functions assigned to it in the Energy Charter Treaty or in any Protocol and (3) undertake any other functions assigned to it by the Energy Charter Conference. The Secretariat is accountable to the Energy Charter Conference. The Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium.
The Energy Charter Conference requested the Energy Charter Secretariat to develop the fourth edition of EIRA in 2021 and invited Members, Observers and outreach countries to take part in it. Participation in EIRA 2021 is now closed. The EIRA 2021 report was launched on 7 October 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. Preparations of EIRA 2022 will start soon.
All governments are invited to take part in the future editions of EIRA. Governments are requested to communicate their expression of interest to the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat.
Countries may also request the Energy Charter Secretariat to develop extended EIRA country profiles. These extended profiles contain more detail and in-depth recommendations. They can be tailored based on specific needs. For such profiles, a voluntary contribution or external funding is required.