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MEDREG 21st General Assembly, 18th May 2016, Malta


Group Picture -MEDREG 21st General Assembly, 18th May 2016, Malta

The Maltese Regulator for Energy and Water Services (REWS) kindly hosted the 21st General Assembly (GA) meeting of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) in St. Julian’s, Malta. The 21st MEDREG GA has welcomed several achievements that go in the direction of new partnerships for integrating Mediterranean energy policies and lay the foundation for further energy regulatory cooperation activities.

MEDREG contribution to the Egyptian Gas market reform
The 21st MEDREG GA has approved the membership request  presented by the new Egyptian Gas Regulator to become the 25th Member of MEDREG. Since its beginning, MEDREG played a significant role in supporting this new institution, through its Gas Working Group and the expertise provided to the workshop held on 4 April 2016 in Cairo. In line with its Strategy 2020-2030, MEDREG is committed to support the development of competitive and transparent gas markets in member countries. Therefore MEDREG confirmed its commitment to assist the new Egyptian gas regulator through trainings, capacity building activities and support in the initial drafting of Egyptian secondary legislation for the gas sector.

Positive start for the MEDREG Financial Advisory Panel on Energy Regulation
MEDREG launched a dialogue with selected representatives of the international financial institutions
including the World Bank (WB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the Investment Fund for Infrastructures in the Mediterranean Region (INFRAMED). The aim of this ambitious project is to discuss the impact of regulatory changes on financing decisions in order to increase the market awareness on investment opportunities, provide financial expertise with regard to the funding of infrastructure projects and promote a more efficient market for infrastructures.

Exchanges of information and expertise among regulatory associations
MEDREG and CEER
held their 2nd joint round-table on regulatory challenges in European and Mediterranean energy markets on 19 May in Malta, bringing their different perspectives and ideas on several hot issues. Through this joint activity, MEDREG and CEER aim at exchanging information and expertise in order to improve the regional integration of energy markets. MEDREG presented the outcomes of four relevant topics that it has recently studied within its Working Groups, such as the role regulators play in balancing the markets, generation with a focus on RES-generated electricity, quality of supply in the distribution segment of electricity markets and the security of supply for the gas markets. CEER continues to represent a positive institutional model of governance for MEDREG since the European energy regulators in the past faced challenges that are similar to those currently taking place in the Mediterranean region.  For this reason, this exchange between CEER and MEDREG has been highly beneficial for the work performed by both organizations, paving the way to further collaboration.

Strengthening the dialogue with external partners
The General Assembly raised the importance of the dialogue with external partners. An open session moderated by MEDREG President Hatem Waheed, welcomed  representatives of international organizations and industrial associations, i.e., the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), the Mediterranean Transmission System Operators (Med-TSO). The meeting has been the occasion also to announce the signature of the Cooperation Protocol between MEDREG and ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) foreseen for fall 2016. The agreement will enhance the bilateral collaboration between the two organizations in order to develop common activities and deepen institutional relations and technical exchanges to reinforce their position, mission and expertise.
This session confirmed the concrete interest of the main energy actors of the Mediterranean basin in working together with MEDREG to favor cooperation among governments, parliaments, transmission system operators, market actors and energy regulators.



From right: MEDREG General Coordinator, SERC Commissioner, MEDREG President and MEDREG Vice-Presidents
MEDREG Working Groups meetings
The MEDREG Secretariat hosted the working groups meetings in Milan on 11th, 18th and 19th April 2016, respectively the Electricity (ELE WG), Communication Officers (COs), Institutional (INS WG) and Consumers Issues (CUS WG). CNMC, the Spanish Regulatory Authority hosted in Madrid on 13th April 2016 the Renewable (RES WG) working group meeting, back to back with the workshop on spinning RES development in the Mediterranean region, while ERE, the Albanian Energy Regulator Authority hosted in Tirana on 28th April the Gas Working Group (GAS WG) meeting.



10thCO MEETING - Milan, 18 April 2016, Kindly hosted by Medreg

20th ELE WG meeting: In occasion of the meeting WG members discussed the questionnaire on “Performance indicators and penalties applicable to generators in case of failure of the power plant” prepared by CREG-Algeria and the report “Methodologies used by regulators to evaluate investment projects and investment plans” prepared by CRE-France. The Secretariat organized an open session where Med-TSO vice President and General Secretary presented their Action Plan and discussed the future possibilities to cooperate with MEDREG on specific joint deliverables. MEDREG is also performing a joint work with Med-TSO on the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Regional Electricity Market (REM) Platform.
 
19th RES WG meeting: The updated questionnaire for the RES Benchmarking Report for 2015, prepared by PUA-Israel has been presented as well as the finalized report on certification systems for RES-generated electricity. In the framework for fostering the renewables development in the Mediterranean, MEDREG organized back to back with the RES WG meeting, a Workshop with RES4MED, OME and MEDENER on "Deploying RES and energy efficiency measures in the Mediterranean: State of play and way forward".

10th Communication Officers meeting: the meeting has been the occasion to further develop internal exchange of information and best practices, and to update COs on important activities carried on by the Association such as the update of the action plan 2016-2018 and the outcomes of the dissemination of the infographic publication ”Evolution of the Mediterranean energy sector 2013-2015”. The network discussed the topics for the upcoming webinars for each WGs and  gave suggestions on how to increase the participation of MEDREG members. A presentation delivered by Ms. Nurit Felter-Eitan from PUA, has been made to update members on the recent changes that are taking place at the Electricity Regulatory Authority in Israel.



8th CUS WG Meeting, Milan 19 April 2016, Kindly hosted by Medreg

20th INS WG meeting: During the meeting the first draft questionnaire on Mediterranean Regulatory outlook and the state of play of EgyptERA Peer-Review have been discussed. The Secretariat informed members on the work programme for the three UfM Platforms on Electricity, Renewables and Gas and Mr. Erdogan from EMRA has been elected as Chairman of MEDREG task force on Euro-Med Platforms. The Institutional WG members discussed the updated deliverables for the Action Plan 2016-2018, the state of play of MEDREG activities and the relations with the external partners.
 
8th CUS WG meeting: Members of the CUS WG approved the final draft version of the report on Vulnerable consumers and proposed to postpone the workshop on vulnerable consumers for next year back to back with the 2nd MEDREG Forum. Members have been updated on recent activities related to the WG such as the website section on consumers issues; the state of art on WAME survey on energy access and the first draft report prepared on the basis of the survey on consumers association. The Chairman Mr. Di Gaetano organised an open session where the Italian consumer association Altroconsumo presented their experience as one of the more active CAs in Italy.
 
19th GAS WG meeting: GAS WG members approved the questionnaire on “Assessment of competition indicators and market prices within MEDREG countries” and discussed  the work programme 2016-2017 for the UfM Gas Platforms. The Chairman presented the first draft document on "Good practice on tariffs methodologies” and members were invited to contribute with their national case, while vice-Chair presented the draft document on “Gas infrastructure map of the Mediterranean region - work methodology”. The Secretariat organised an open session, where the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) representatives from Switzerland introduced the participants with the latest development and the challenges that this project faced till now. Gas WG members discussed on how a NRA through the right regulation can support the achievement of such big investment.



19th RES WG, Madrid - 13 April 2016, Kindly hosted by CNMC
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From the right: Mr. Santos (MEDREG Vice -President), Dr. El-Salmawy (MEDREG President), Mr. Carbone (MEDREG Vice -President), Mr. Tambone (MEDREG General Coordinator), Mr. Di Gaetano (Co-Chair MEDREG INS WG), Mr. Van Steen (Head of Unit, DG Energy-EC), Mr. Ristori (Director General,DG Energy-EC), Ms. Bournoville (Senior Expert for the International Relations, Assistant to the Director General DG Energy-EC)

MEDREG participated to the launch and to the first meeting of the UfM Regional Electricity Market (REM) Platform on 12 October in Rabat.

The platform aims to progressively integrate electricity networks and markets of the UfM countries starting from the countries of the southern and eastern coasts of the Mediterranean and secondly integrating these markets with the EU countries. During the event, MEDREG and Med-TSO presented their common view for the electricity market development in the Mediterranean region.

On the same day MEDREG Board met with two relevant partners: the Moroccan Minister of Energy Amara to highlight the importance of creating an independent energy regulator in Morocco starting from 2016; and the Director General of the DG Energy (EC) to underline the interest of the Association for further increasing high-level institutional cooperation between the European Commission and MEDREG.

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MEDREG Strategy 2020-2030

The Mediterranean region is currently lacking a harmonized and coordinated legal framework able to foster international energy cooperation. In order to promote the integration of Mediterranean energy markets, the European Commission came up with several proposals, in the perspective of the establishment of an EU-Southern Mediterranean energy community. This long term process will require the active involvement of all the concerned actors (political, economic, and regulatory) to pull and work together in the same direction.
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