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The Commentary on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) provides a unique, article-by-article, textual analysis of this important international agreement. The ECT outlines a multilateral framework for cross-border cooperation in the energy sector based on the principles of open competitive markets and sustainable development.
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Cătălin Gabriel Stănescu


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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