Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov. 28
By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:
The Energy Charter will review the proposal of Kazakhstan to create an institute of energy ombudsman, the organization's secretary general, Urban Rusnak said Nov. 27 at the 25th Session of the Energy Charter Conference in Astana.
He said a working group will study in detail the issue of creating an energy ombudsman institute starting from early 2015.
Rusnak added that it is early to say when the institute of energy ombudsman will be created.
"This issue is under discussion, and the decision is up to the members of the Energy Charter. It is needed to preliminarily discuss how to introduce and implement this initiative," Rusnak said.
He also noted that there are national ombudsman institutes.
"But we say that we need a structure that will work at international level for pre-trial settlement of disputes," Rusnak said.
He also noted that Kazakhstan, as part of its presidency of the Energy Charter Conference, made a number of initiatives and proposals, in which, the Energy Charter is particularly engaged.
Kazakhstan proposed to establish an institution of investment ombudsman in the energy sector to resolve disputes between government agencies of different countries and investors making investments in the energy projects.
Edited by SI