The Energy Charter Treaty creates a unique multilateral legal framework for facilitating international energy cooperation. As of 1 February 2019, the 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 role of the Energy Charter Secretariat is primarily to provide the Energy Charter Conference with all necessary assistance for the performance of its duties and carry out the functions assigned to it in the Energy Charter Treaty or in any Protocol and any other functions assigned to it by the Charter Conference. The Secretariat is thus responsible to and reports to the Charter Conference. Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium.
The Energy Charter Conference requested the Energy Charter Secretariat to develop the third edition of EIRA in 2020 and invited Members, Observers and outreach countries to take part in it. Preparations for EIRA 2020 are already underway.
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 upon specific needs. For such profiles a voluntary contribution or external funding is required.