The Future of Energy Governance in Eurasia: Emerging Challenges and Ways Forward

14 May 2009 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Chatham House, London


André Mernier, General Secretary, Energy Charter Secretariat



When commercial, security and geopolitical concerns are intertwined, the obstacles to international consensus on resource management are likely to be substantial. In light of yet another energy crisis this winter, and with Russia refusing to ratify the Energy Charter, is it time to rethink energy governance in Eurasia? How can this be achieved when the actors involved have very different understandings of energy security? Will the economic crisis make countries more amenable to shared norms for energy investment, sale and transit, or less?

Ambassador André Mernier, Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, will examine the future of multilateral energy agreements, including the recent Russian proposals for a new 'conceptual approach' to the legal basis of international energy cooperation.

Ambassador André Mernier became Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat in January 2006. Previously, André Mernier was Head of Energy Services in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium and Ambassador in Moscow from 2000-2004, during which period he was also accredited to Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.