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MEDREG PAPERS N.2


Pursuant to the first edition of the MEDREG Forum, held in Barcelona on 26 November 2014, the Mediterranean Energy Regulators are pleased to share with you the related publication "MEDREG Papers n.2".
The MEDREG Forum 2014 enabled our Association to hear out opinions of researchers and practitioners on the state of play and main proposals to enhance investments in the Mediterranean energy sector. This booklet summarizes the contributions presented by the speakers, as well as the main conclusions of the event. The publication is conceived as a multimedia file including active links to Forum speakers’ affiliations, as well as to MEDREG members’ websites. MEDREG Papers will continue to report about debates and facts concerning Mediterranean energy regulation, building on the growing interaction between the Association and all relevant stakeholders in the region.

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MEDREG advocates for regulators' role in the Mediterranean regional market integration at the Energy Charter Forum in Rabat

On 25 February 2015, the Energy Charter Secretariat, together with the governments of Morocco and The Netherlands, organised the Second Energy Charter Forum in Rabato (Morocco). The conference counted over 100 participants.

MEDREG President, Dr. Hafez El-Salmawy, advocated in favor of a coherent regulatory framework in all countries of the region that allows national regulatory authorities to obtain sufficient legal powers to implement coherent decision-making processes and ensure their governance mission. President El-Salmawy pointed out that regulators should ensure that proper standards of transparency and accountability are met in national energy markets. Regulators should release information on the procedures in place, while protecting commercial sensitive data at the same time.

President El-Salmawy underlined how better practices would support the increase of investment volumes in the region, which demand clear political consensus and investment bankability. Together with its regional partners, MEDREG is engaged to support the reinforcement of transmission and distribution grids at national level taking into account specific national aspects of Mediterranean countries, such as long term and transparent tariffs, security of supply, technical safety, quality of service, better allocation of costs and fair treatment of market actors and energy consumers, with particular consideration for energy poverty issues.
MEDREG HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PAM AWARD 2014

from the left: Mr. Petrit Ahmeti (MEDREG Vice-President), Mr. Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah (new PAM President for a term of two years 2015-2016), Sen. Francesco Amoruso (Former PAM President for the previous mandate), Eng. Alessandro Ortis (Co-Chair of the PAM Panel on Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean)

On 2-4 February 2015, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) held its 9th plenary session in the Principality of Monaco.The event was attended by more than 200 delegates, including members of the Parliament, senior officials of governments and International institutions, as well as representatives from the civil society. In this occasion MEDREG was awarded the PAM Award 2014. The Association was praised for its active involvement in establishing a harmonized and coordinated legal framework able to foster international regional cooperation and in particular in promoting integration of Mediterranean energy markets. Mr. Petrit Ahmeti, MEDREG Vice-President and President of the Albanian Energy Regulator (ERE), received the prize. The aim of the award is to reward individuals, organizations and institutions whose work demonstrates strong and visible commitment, outstanding achievements and active promotion of the Mediterranean ideals, as envisioned by the statutes and mission statement of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM).
MEDREG: NEW GOVERNANCE FOR 2014-2016

from the left: Mr. Carbone ( AEEGSI, Italy), Mr. Ahmeti (ERE, Albania), Mr. El-Salmawy (EgyptERA, Egypt), Mr. Santos (ERSE, Portugal)

Barcelona, 27 November 2014
The 18th General Assembly (GA) meeting of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) was held today in Barcelona, kindly hosted by the Spanish Authority for Markets and Competition (CNMC).
MEDREG appointed as new President for a two-year mandate Dr. Hafez El-Salmawy, Managing Director of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptEra), and former MEDREG Vice-President (2012-2014). From 2007 onwards, Dr. El-Salmawy chaired the Electricity Working Group and supervised notably the elaboration of MEDREG’s Observatory of Mediterranean Electricity Markets. Together with newly appointed President El-Salmawy, Mr Alexandre Santos, Executive Board Member of  the Portuguese Energy Services Regulatory Authority (ERSE) and Mr. Petrit Ahmeti, President of the Albanian Energy Regulator (ERE), were elected as MEDREG Vice-Presidents for the next two years. Mr. Luigi Carbone, Commissioner of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water (AEEGSI), holds the position of MEDREG Permanent Vice-President.
In accordance with the principle of periodical rotation of tasks among the members of the Association, the 18th GA meeting has been also the occasion to approve a renewed distribution of responsibilities within MEDREG Working Groups.
Under the Presidency of Michel Thiollière (2012-2014), Commissioner of the French Regulatory Commission of Energy, and thanks to the strong support of its members, the Association adopted a comprehensive Strategy for 2020-2030 and consolidated its role as key institution for regional cooperation in the Mediterranean energy sector, notably through the organisation of the first MEDREG Forum on Energy Regulation, held on 26 November 2014 in Barcelona in presence of more than 120 participants.

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27 November 2014, Barcelona, Spain 18th MEDREG General Assembly Meeting
Supported by the
European Union

from the left: Mr. Michel Thiollière (former Medreg President), Mr. El-Salmawy (Medreg President)

On the occasion of 17th Electricity Working Group meeting that took place last 31 March in Cairo, MEDREG President Dr. Hafez El Salmawy gave a thank-you present to former President Michel Thiollière as a souvenir from his visit to Egypt. During his term (2012-2014), and thanks to the strong support of the members, the Association notably adopted a comprehensive Strategy for 2020-2030 and consolidated its role as key institution for regional cooperation in the Mediterranean energy sector.
Energy Union Package
The European Commission has published the Energy Union Package - "A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy", developing the vision of an integrated continent-wide energy system, based on competition, the best possible use of resources and regulation. Secure and affordable energy supply is presented as one of the main priorities, notably through the creation of a Mediterranean Gas hub. The aim of the EC is to develop the access to alternative suppliers, including countries of the Southern Gas Corridor and of the Mediterranean region, by using the instruments of the EU external action to enhance energy cooperation at regional level.
Energy Union strategy - pdf
Energy Union strategy - web
WAME 2015

The WAME&Expo2015 Association (World Access to Modern Energy and Expo2015) was founded to take advantage of the great opportunity offered by the Universal Exposition, Expo Milano 2015, (May - October 2015) to achieve the following main objectives: 1. increase worldwide awareness on the problem of access to modern energy, and 2. promote actions whose aim is to reduce the “modern energy gap” and contribute to match the demand and supply of  projects addressing it. Its website provides an introduction to the issue of access to energy, indicates the ways of solving the problem and contains a digital database that outlines projects, case studies and researches representing worldwide interventions in this field.
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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MEDREG Annual Report 2013
MEDREG Secretariat is glad to circulate the Annual Report 2013
MEDREG Action Plan 2014/2016
MEDREG Secretariat is glad to circulate the latest version of MEDREG Action Plan for 2014/2016
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