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MEDREG role in the Mediterranean regional Financing Energy Infrastructure Developments

The 14th ERRA Energy Investment and Regulation Conference took place on 5-6 October 2015 in Bucharest, Romania. The Conference was attended by 195 participants from 33 different countries and proven to be an excellent opportunity for a dialogue between the regulators and other stakeholders of the energy industry.

MEDREG President, Dr. Hafez El-Salmawy moderated the panel on "Financing Energy Infrastructure Developments”. He took the occasion to present the investment report on interconnection infrastructures in the Mediterranean issued by the Association on July 2015, which provides the vision of MEDREG members on the main barriers to efficiently using existing infrastructure and financing new projects in the region
MEDREG presentations and agenda can be found here

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MEDREG partecipation to the 5th ERC Annual International Forum

MEDREG Institutional Working Group Co-Chair, Nicolo Di Gaetano, participated as a speaker to the 5th annual international forum organised by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand (ERC). The conference, entitled “Regional Energy Alliance: Regulators' Insights”, took place in Bangkok on 1-2 October 2015 and provided a platform for participants, including policy makers and concerned authorities, energy regulators, experts, operators and academics, to exchange information and share best practices, latest developments on cross-border energy trade issues and regulatory challenges. MEDREG has been invited as an example of cross-border trade experience and regional regulatory development in the Mediterranean to present the report on infrastructure investments and the role that independent regulators can play to foster cross-border investment. The conference has been also the occasion to present the Euro- Mediterranean Platforms and the cooperation between MEDREG and Med-TSO with the aim to establish regional grid codes. In the framework of the international forum MEDREG gave its contribution also to the 1st AERN’s Capacity Building giving a presentation on: “Better Regulation: How capacity-building can strengthen regulators and increase their effectiveness”.
MEDREG presentations and agenda can be found here

For more information and speaker’s presentations: http://www.energyforum2015.com

The 2nd Joint ECRB-MEDREG Roundtable took place on 29 September 2015 in Athens, Greece. The two organizations exchanged information and debated about the regional and national frameworks for investment promotion. Speakers on the MEDREG side included Ms. Marwa Mostafa (EgyptERA, Egypt), Ms. Veronica Lenzi (MEDREG Secretariat) and Mr. Almaiah Mohammad (EMRC, Jordan). A second part of the meeting focused on four case studies: Egypt, Croatia, Jordan and Macedonia.A conclusive document will be issued afterwards stating the ECRB-MEDREG priorities of work in light of the results of the roundtable.

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Creating a sound environment for energy investments in the Mediterranean region: MEDREG’s recommendations
The Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) published a report providing the vision of Energy Regulators on the current situation of Infrastructure investment in the Mediterranean region. This document maps current and projected interconnection infrastructures for electricity and gas and discusses the current financing challenges, in the absence of an harmonized regulatory framework at regional level. In a context of strong investment needs, one of MEDREG’s key objectives is to advocate in favour of a sound regulatory framework in all 21 member countries. MEDREG works as a facilitator to ensure that all Mediterranean countries establish an independent national regulatory agency both for the electricity and gas sectors. Through this report, MEDREG aimed at encouraging an active debate among governments, international financial institutions (IFIs), Transmission System Operators (TSOs), multilateral organizations, and the academic world. The Association submitted its preliminary results to a public consultation process, which gathered 37 responses from stakeholders that contributed to improve and clarify the final version of the study. MEDREG is confident that this report can represent a meaningful step to tackle and address barriers to energy investments in the Mediterranean region. The main data in support of this report were kindly provided by MEDREG member regulators.

Click here to download the investment report and the press release
MEDREG and PAM sign Cooperation Protocol
Today  Dr.  Hafez  El- Salmawy, President   of   MEDREG (Association   of  Mediterranean  Energy Regulators), and  Mr. Sergio Piazzi, Secretary General of  PAM (Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean) signed a  Cooperation   Protocol   concerning   the enhancement of bilateral collaboration between the two organizations.
The objectives of the cooperation focus on the development of common actions to support the opening and integration of the Mediterranean energy markets, the creation of an attractive investment framework for energy generation and infrastructure in the region and the empowerment of energy consumers through the development of targeted policies.

Click here to download the cooperation protocol and the press release
MEDREG contributes to the launching event of the UfM Gas Platform

The European Commission launched the UfM Gas Platform on 11 June 2015 in Brussels. The Platform, which benefits from the contribution of the relevant regional stakeholders, aims at open dialogue with the main Euro-Mediterranean stakeholders and improve mutual exchange in a context of strategic challenges in the gas sector.
The platform was presented by the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, and Dr. Yousef Bataineh, Ambassador of Jordan to Belgium, alongside representatives of the Union for Mediterranean (UfM) countries and stakeholders contributing to the Platform.
The working priorities of the Platform include strengthening security of gas supply by promoting regional cooperation around gas exploration and production, supporting the development of necessary infrastructure and reinforcing regional gas trade exchanges. These goals aim at making the Mediterranean basin a major gas marketplace.
MEDREG was represented by President Hafez El-Salmawy and Vice-President Alexandre Santos,  supported by representatives of the GAS Working Group and the Secretariat, thus confirming the strong commitment of the Association.
During the meeting, members and stakeholders approved in principle the terms of reference of the platform in view of the drafting of a structured roadmap by the end of the year.

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MEDREG participated to the OME Conference: “Euro-Mediterranean natural gas market: prospects, challenges &opportunities

Following on the formal launch of the Euro-Mediterranean gas platform on 11 June 2015 in Brussels, the European Commission and the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME) organized  a back to back conference on "Euro-Mediterranean Natural Gas Market: Prospects, challenges and opportunities".
In addition to the high-level opening session, the event has been structured in 4 round tables concerning the role of gas in energy security and climate change mitigation; game changers; financing issues in the Mediterranean gas market; regional cooperation and Mediterranean gas hub.
The discussions underlined the importance of removing regulatory barriers and encourage investments in order to foster a deeper and more liquid Mediterranean gas market and ensure adequate security of supply to the whole region.
MEDREG was invited to round table 4 on Regional Cooperation and Mediterranean Gas Hub as discussant and was represented by the Chair of the GAS WG Mr. Pedro Verdelho (ERSE, Portugal) who underlined MEDREG’s contribution to the establishment of an integrated gas market framework through the improvement of transparency, the proper usage of infrastructure, the harmonization of Third Party Access rules and the enhancement of cooperation among regulators.
The conference gathered high level participants from Mediterranean countries, stakeholders and partner institutions such as Eurogas, Société Générale, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Energy Charter.

Click here to download the agenda of the meeting and the MEDREG presentation.

Unlocking the renewable energy investment opportunities in the Mediterranean: a Regional perspective

On 11 June 2015 at Bocconi University in Milan, Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean (RES4MED) and Master in Green Management, Energy and Corporate Social Responsibility (MaGER) organized the conference “Unlocking the renewable energy investment opportunities in the Mediterranean: a Regional perspective” . Salma Hussein, MEDREG RES WG's member and  Department Manager, License and performance evaluation at EgyptERA, discussed on renewable energy challenges and opportunities in Egypt and introduced MEDREG’s final report “Interconnection Infrastructures in the Mediterranean: A Challenging Environment for Investments” which provides  the vision and recommendations of Mediterranean regulators towards a more efficient use of existing infrastructure and how to finance new projects. The Conference gathered investors, IPPs, Southern Mediterranean energy stakeholders, representatives of the financial sector, TSOs and technology providers to discuss expected trends in the Region.

The agenda and the presentations of the conference are available by clicking here
MEDREG contribution to the sixth World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER VI)

Dr. Hafez El-Salmawy (MEDREG President and EgyptERA Managing Director) during the second Plenary session "Benefiting from Change" - WFER VI, Istanbul, 26 May 2015

The city of Istanbul hosted the sixth World Forum on Energy Regulation from 25 to 28 May 2015, organised by the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA).
Regulators from all over the world gathered together with practitioners, academicians and interested parties to debate about the hot subjects of energy regulation. 120 speakers from 43 countries discussed four major regulatory topics with the 700 participants: balancing the interests of shareholders; regulation and sustainability; benefiting from innovation; and regulation in developing countries.
MEDREG has cooperated with the other regional associations of regulators to define the program of the event, and several member regulators were directly involved as speakers. AEEGSI (Italy), EGYPTERA (Egypt), CRE (France), CREG (Algeria), ERE (Albania), SERC (Bosnia and Herzegovina), ERSE (Portugal) and PUA (Israel) brought the voice of Mediterranean regulation to 8 different panels.

Click here to download the list of participants and the presentations from MEDREG’s members.

19th General Assembly of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG)

Group picture - MEDREG 19th General Assembly - Istanbul, 24 May 2015

Istanbul, with the inspiring atmosphere of the WFER VI, was also the venue of our 19th General Assembly (GA), kindly hosted by EMRA.
The MEDREG GA was  the occasion to underline the strong contribution provided by MEDREG to the three Euro-Mediterranean Energy Platforms on regional electricity market, natural gas, and renewable energy and energy efficiency. As the only Association representing Mediterranean public bodies regulating energy, MEDREG is uniquely placed to provide the vision of regulation to the establishment of a sounder Mediterranean energy environment.
This GA marked the approval of our brand new Action Plan for the period 2015-2017. Because we aim at increasing our internal accountability and the quality of our reports, we designed a roadmap that include clearer responsibilities in the drafting of reports and increased cooperation among the different MEDREG Working Groups (WGs).
Consumers remain at the forefront of MEDREG’s activities
with a new brochure summarizing the fundamental rights of energy consumers. This brochure has been specifically designed to be adaptable to the different Mediterranean markets and help increasing the depth and width of information to households. Each member regulator will update the content with national data and circulate the brochure at national level. MEDREG is also sensitive to the topic of access to energy and vulnerable consumers. Mediterranean regulators provided a comprehensive vision on the main regulatory drivers to favor and reinforce energy access in the developing regions and decided to support the creation of a network of Mediterranean associations of energy consumers.
MEDREG is committed to continuously improve the work and efficiency of its members and their knowledge of the markets. The GA approved the methodology of a peer-review process to evaluate the performance of regulators with respect to a checklist of principles that characterize a sound and solid regulatory framework in the Mediterranean area.
MEDREG has also presented a report on the regional trade priorities in light of the (sub)regional Mediterranean market structures that will be further integrated  with a study on the methodology to evaluate  the investments in the Mediterranean region.
The recent developments in gas discoveries in the Mediterranean area have further underlined the importance of building transparent and reliable gas markets with a second status review on transparency elaborated by MEDREG. This report evaluated the progress made on transparency in the Mediterranean region since the first status review of 2011. In the upcoming months, MEDREG will  work to determine a series of competition indicators and markets prices within MEDREG countries.

Download the MEDREG Action Plan 2015-2017 and the approved reports here

MEDREG Annual Report 2014

Mediterranean Energy Regulators are pleased to share with you their newly published Annual Report. In 2014 we succeeded in keeping our momentum as an active association of regional cooperation with a clear vision towards the future. We have completed and approved our Strategy for 2020-2030, which identifies five major targets: a sound regulatory institutional framework; optimal conditions for infrastructure investments; functioning, competitive and transparent electricity and gas markets; efficient protection of consumers, in particular of vulnerable ones; and intensified regional cooperation and setting up of pilot projects. To implement these targets we decided to establish a peer review program, which will support our members in the improvement of their national regulatory framework.

Last year MEDREG went on investigating the investment climate for energy infrastructure in the Mediterranean area. Investments were also at the heart of MEDREG’s first Forum on Energy Regulation (November 2014, Barcelona). In addition. MEDREG signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Commission and Med-TSO, the Association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators for Electricity. This protocol allows the signatories to join forces in favor of the creation of a sound Mediterranean Energy Community and identifies MEDREG as a key actor in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Platforms.

Download the MEDREG Annual Report 2014 here
Supported by the
European Union


In June 2015 MEDREG has submitted its contribution to the EC Public Consultation on the paper "Towards a new European Neighborhood Policy".  MEDREG is a direct beneficiary of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP), which  was designed in 2003 to develop closer relations between the EU and its neighboring countries and actively contributes to the implementation of the EU external energy action.

MEDREG shares the view expressed in the paper that connectivity in the field of energy is a crucial matter for the region and believes it is important that the ENP focuses on non-politicized issues that can bring convergence forward, prioritizing projects and associations that have step-by-step and concrete working plans.

Download MEDREG's response to the ENP Consultation
MEDREG Action Plan 2015/2017
TheMEDREG Secretariat is glad to circulate the latest version of the MEDREG Action Plan for 2015/2017

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
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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