ClientEarth and the International Institute for Sustainable Development are pleased to invite you
to a virtual discussion between Member States and legal experts to take stock of the Energy
Charter Treaty modernisation process and assess potential outcomes.
This discussion will be held on Thursday March 25 from 3-5 pm CET
If you would like to participate, please register here
or by clicking on the button above. The
discussion will be held on the Zoom platform. *Please note that the discussion is only open to governments officials working on the
topic. You are welcome to share this invitation with relevant colleagues, especially from
The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) has faced strong criticism in recent years, in particular
because it represents a potential obstacle for urgently needed climate policies and legislations.
Its compatibility with EU law is also contested following the recent rulings of the Court of Justice
of the European Union (CJEU), namely Achmea and Opinion 1/17.
The EU and its Member States are negotiating the modernisation of the ECT in order to comply
with Opinion 1/17 and align the ECT with EU’s new investment standards, but also to reflect
EU’s climate objectives. However, the modernisation process may not deliver the expected
results in a reasonable timeframe.
The EU and its Member States should thus carefully consider all options available to modify the
treaty relationship. This virtual conversation with legal experts is meant to take stock after the
next negotiation round of the ECT modernisation process and assess the potential outcomes, as
well as their legal implications.
- Prof. Nicolas Angelet
(Free University of Brussels)
- Nathalie Bernasconi
(Executive Director, IISD Europe)
- Ciaran Cross
(LLM, PhD, Free University of Berlin)
- Prof. Matthew Happold
(University of Luxembourg)
- Amandine Van den Berghe
(Trade & Environment Lawyer, ClientEarth)
Presentations will be followed by an open discussion between legal experts and Member State
We look forward to the discussion and hope to see you there.
With best wishes,
- ClientEarth and IISD
-- Sara Lickel
Chargée de plaidoyer Commerce
Trade Policy Officer Institut Veblen
38 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
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