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22nd General Assembly meeting
30 November 2016
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Rome, Italy
On the occasion of the 22nd General Assembly kindly hosted by the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water (AEEGSI) at the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry on 30 November, Mediterranean Energy Regulators their new President, Mr. Alexandre Santos, Member of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese regulator, along with two Vice-Presidents, Mrs. Gülefsan Demirbas (EMRA, Turkey) and Ms. Wijdan Al Rabadi (EMRC, Jordan). They join the MEDREG Permanent Vice President, Ms. Valeria Termini (AEEGSI, Italy), thus increasing significantly women’s representation at the head of the Organisation.

Presenting his vision for the association for the two-year term, Mr Santos, stated: “My main priority will be to strengthen MEDREG’s capability to support its members, through tailor-made approaches that address market and regulatory developments and priorities in our countries.

Celebrating 10 years of regional cooperation in energy regulation
This 22nd General Assembly celebrated the 10th anniversary of MEDREG, created in 2006 with the aim of establishing cooperation among Mediterranean Energy Regulators. Today, MEDREG counts 25 members from 21 Mediterranean countries, the newly established Egyptian gas regulatory authority being the most recent member. Over the past 10 years, MEDREG has facilitated remarkable achievements in the empowerment of energy regulators in the Mediterranean region; one of its recent achievements is the support provided to the Egypt’s electricity and gas regulatory colleagues during the opening of the Egyptian energy market to competition. Since its creation, MEDREG has developed a strong and extensive network with international energy stakeholders and established itself as a key institutional partner in the region.

A good balance of Northern, Eastern and Southern shore members leading the Working Groups and Task Force
The five Working Groups and Task Forces have appointed their Chair, Co-Chair and Vice-Chair, resulting in a good geographical balance between EU and non-EU countries. Members’ engagement in MEDREG’s technical activities has steadily increased, demonstrating the value of exchanging experience and regulatory knowledge. The Organisation remains committed to providing technical support to the work undertaken by the European Commission in the region through its Neighborhood Policy. The new composition of the Working Groups and Task Force is available here

MEDREG’s updated objectives are setting a high bar for further cooperation of Mediterranean energy markets
MEDREG is intensifying its support to Southern Mediterranean members in setting up effective electricity and gas regulatory bodies, dedicating its resources to support national regulatory reforms by providing trainings, peer-review and capacity building activities to its members. This activity seeks to help regulators fulfill their role in a context of increasing demand and growing regional integration. Furthermore, consumer protection remains at the heart of MEDREG’s priorities with awareness-raising activities among members, with the aim of increasing access to information and addressing the particular situation of vulnerable consumers. Thanks to the generous support of the European Commission, as well as MEDREG’s engagement in regional institutional frameworks (such as the Union for the Mediterranean and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean), regulators continue to promote effective energy sector regulation and energy policy development in our countries.
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