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Cătălin Gabriel Stănescu

The chapter comments on the provisions of Article 7 regarding the rules and principles applicable to the transit of Energy Materials and Products, the inter-state cooperation regarding Energy Transport Facilities and other transit matters, and elaborates on the conciliation mechanism provided by the ECT in case of transit disputes. To this end, it starts with the definition of transit, and discusses the applicability of the principle of non-discrimination, inspired by the provisions and case law under GATT. Attention is also given to cooperation among contracting parties and to the situations regarding refusal of transit or the disputes arising thereof. The final part addresses the conciliation procedure made available by the ECT with respect to transit disputes and touches upon the role of the Secretary General.

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Cătălin Gabriel Stănescu

The chapter comments on the provisions of Article 34, regarding the Energy Charter Conference. It addresses the meetings of the Charter Conference, the Conference's functions and competences in adopting rules of procedure or finance and in establishing subsidiary bodies in order to perform its duties, as well as its relationship with the Secretariat.

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The chapter comments on the ECT's provisions covering the role and activity of the Secretariat. It covers topics such as the Secretariat's structure, its staff and employment conditions. Further, it analyses the role and functions of the Secretariat in assisting the Charter Conference in performing its own duties, in serving as the Conference's depositor, as well as its representation role in relation to third parties. Lastly, it deals with the appointment of and the role played by the Secretary General, especially in the dispute resolution mechanism implemented under the ECT.

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Cătălin Gabriel Stănescu

The chapter comments on the voting rules under the ECT. It starts by addressing who can vote within the treaty framework and on budgetary matters. It continues by analysing the exercise of the right to vote, as well as voting by correspondence. Finally, it turns to the applicable voting rules and the reasons that might impede the exercise of the right to vote.

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This chapter comments on the funding principles of the ECT. It addresses the types of costs, the adoption of the Secretariat's budget, the method of determining the financial contribution allotted to each contracting party and the matter of voluntary contributions.