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Energy Charter Treaty: Withdrawing is worse than signing up to reformed deal

Poland, Spain and The Netherlands announced their intention to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty. The real reason for these announcements is a wish to escape recent investor-state arbitration awards.  Withdrawing from the treaty would still mean that member states are liable to investor-state dispute cases for twenty years. Agreeing …

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Comment: How the EU disconnected itself from the Energy Charter Treaty

Last Friday Energy Charter Treaty diplomats endorsed changes to the agreement after more than two years of ’modernisation’ negotiations. Although the new text has not yet been published, a summary communication released by the ECT secretariat indicates that there will be significant changes. This effectively foreshadows a gradual ‘withdrawal’ of …