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MEDREG to launch the first tailor-made activities to support Southern member regulators
25 May 2017
Athens, Greece

On 24 May, Mediterranean Energy Regulators gathered in Athens for the Association’s 23rd General Assembly. During the meeting, members debated the strategy and action plan for MEDREG in the medium term; discussed the development of tailored support activities for members’ national reforms; and approved a new communications strategy which will deepen and extend MEDREG’s outreach and the dissemination of its concrete achievements.

Members underlined the necessity of sound regulation in the region and reiterated the importance of the technical cooperation and mutual support activities for MEDREG in the coming years. In particular, they see the need for a set of actions that will continue, in practical terms, to facilitate and develop a common regulatory culture and a regionally coherent approach to market regulation.

Underscoring members’ priorities for MEDREG’s future activities, President Alexandre Santos stated:
“MEDREG’s actions in the area of regulatory institution-building, capacity enhancement and technical cooperation are invaluable tools for mutual support between Members, and help to contribute towards establishing secure, sustainable and efficient energy markets across the Mediterranean basin.”

MEDREG unveiled the first activities of its new initiative for “Support to Regulatory Reforms”, which offers tailored and personalized assistance to members on national regulatory issues. Starting in July, MEDREG will launch a peer review of EMRC, the Jordanian energy regulator. EMRC aims at reinforcing its monitoring activities on electricity utilities and has recently become responsible for the regulation of the gas sector.

This peer review of the Jordanian regulator follows the successful experience of last year’s Egyptian peer review and should result in increased evidence of the role played by EMRC to the benefit of investors, utilities and consumers in Jordan”, affirmed Mrs Widjan Al Rabadi, MEDREG Vice President and EMRC Deputy Chairman and General Secretary.

In addition, MEDREG is preparing a technical study visit of the newly established Egyptian gas regulator (EGAS) to its Portuguese counterpart (ERSE) in November, to learn good practices on liberalization of the gas market, with a particular focus on consumers' eligibility criteria. The Palestinian regulator PERC and the Energy Ministry of Tunisia will be next in line with reports on renewables deployment and on construction of a cross-border interconnection cable between Tunisia and Italy, respectively.

MEDREG’s 23rd General Assembly also marked the Association’s willingness to better disseminate its technical messages to its members and key energy stakeholders. To that end, Members discussed and approved a new communications strategy, providing a range of actions for spreading widely the organisation’s concrete achievements, including enhanced online tools and use of social media.

Members also approved a report on best practices in Consumer Associations, along with a work methodology on dispute resolution which will increase the regulators’ capacity to facilitate dialogue between consumers and companies. In addition, progress made on the other Working Groups’ various deliverables was presented.

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