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NEWS ON THE ENERGY SECTOR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
22 March 2017
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Energy union is on the right track: It's time to deliver
A major challenge lies ahead in achieving the right level of ambition and coordinating the political debate and legislative process of the winter package, writes Morten Helveg Petersen.
Today, the EU imports huge volumes of Russian gas and oil via various routes, at a cost of approximately €400bn per year. This threatens our energy security, is a huge obstacle for fighting climate change, and rarely delivers good value for European consumers. We need to change this, and in fact are doing so right now in Brussels. Shortly before Christmas, the Commission presented the latest elements of delivering the European energy union, the so-called 'winter package', which, if we get it right, will be the foundation for years to come of a completed and fundamentally evolved single energy market in Europe.
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20 March 2017
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Optimizing energy self-sufficiency through renewables on Mediterranean islands
Due to their high dependence on fossil fuels, Mediterranean islands are characterized by several energy criticalities in terms of high costs, security and management. PRISMI (Promoting RES Integration for Smart Mediterranean Islands) is an 18-month EU project funded by the Interreg MED Programme which aims to tackle these key challenges by supporting Mediterranean islands’ transition to an autonomous, cleaner, secure, low-carbon energy system – in line with the overall EU Energy Union package and EU2020 Strategy.
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14 March 2017
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One of the priorities of the Maltese EU Presidency will be to draw attention on the region
The implementation of a stable regulatory framework is a prerequisite to attract investors and ensure energy security of supply, Turkish energy regulator (EMRA) Vice President and MEDREG representative Mehmet Erturk told a seminar in the European Parliament in Brussels on March 8. He mentioned MEDREG report mapping out current and projected gas and electricity infrastructures in the Mediterranean basin, identifying the main barriers for investments and drawing a set of recommendations to overcome them. A survey submitted to Mediterranean regulators has revealed that the lack of clear institutional framework and regulatory obstacles constitute some of the biggest barriers to investments, Erturk said.
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9 March 2017
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France to introduce new regulation for self-consumption
France’s Parliament has given final passage to a law that regulates the installation of renewable energy systems for self-consumption. The new legislation will provide a clear regulatory framework for the grid-connection of these installations. The French government is also planning to support self-consumption through a rebate program.
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6 March 2017
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Implementation of Network Codes Boosts Integration of Europe`s Power Markets
Sixteen transmissions system operators (TSOs) are cooperating to create a Core capacity calculation region that will cover most of continental Europe. In this Core region they will adopt common methodologies to calculate and optimize cross-border transmission capacity. This will ease cross-border trade without endangering security of supply. This important move towards an integrated energy market was made possible by the EU network codes - a European code of conduct for the power system that is about to be completed this year with new rules on the Balancing market.
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5 March 2017
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France In Jordan
For decades, France has supported Jordan through its diplomatic mission and large-scale investments in the Kingdom. Venture met with four key figures who play an active role in solidifying and enriching this relationship; France’s Ambassador to Jordan, David Bertolotti; Executive Director of Operations and Director of the Jordan and Iraq offices of the French Development Agency (AFD), Laurence Breton-Moyet and Serge Snrech; and the Executive Director of CAFRAJ, Ibrahim Kattan.
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27 February 2017
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The Biggest-ever Infrastructure Project in Israel Gets Under Way
Plans to develop Phase 1 of the Leviathan gas field were approved last week. TheMarker answers who, what, where, when, why and how much
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27 February 2017
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Sustainability of the Renewable Energy Extraction Close to the Mediterranean Islands
The aim of this work is to explore the possibility of transitioning a fuel powered island to a renewable powered one. This transition is analyzed for the real MV/LV distribution system of the island of Pantelleria, in the Mediterranean Sea. Particularly, this work is focused on a renewable source nowadays totally unused: wave energy. Thanks to the innovative generator prototype designed by Department of Energy of University of Palermo (Italy), wave energy is able to represent a primary source for the production of electric energy in the Mediterranean islands. The procedures applied in the present article, as well as the main equations used, are the result of previous applications made in different technical fields that show a good replicability.
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24 Febraury 2017
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Iberia readies itself for new OSBB and gas interconnector rules
The launch of natural gas network services to ease cross-border congestion between Spain and neighbours France and Portugal appears to be back on track, after initial fears of a year-long delay because of IT issues. According to a source with knowledge of the matter, new oversubscription and buy back (OSBB) services should launch in Spain on schedule on 1 April, although market participants are not expected to find out for sure until mid-March.
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14 February 2017
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Turkish regulatory agency approves design parameters of Akkuyu NPP site
Rusatom Energy International subsidiary Akkuyu Nuclear JSC has secured approval from the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) for the design parameters of the nuclear power plant (NPP) site , which will be developed in Mersin Province. Located in the south of the country, the implementation of the project will be carried by Akkuyu Nuclear JSC. The parameters have been studied, validated and submitted to TAEK as site parameters report (SPR) of the Akkuyu NPP construction project.
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15 January 2017
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ENERGY IN EGYPT 2017: A YEAR OF TRANSFORMATION?
The Challenges. 2017 promises to be a year of transformation for the Egypt energy sector. The Minister of Petroleum, Tarek El Molla, speaking at the OTC Conference in Houston in May last year candidly pointed to the challenges the Egyptian Government was facing with IOC debt accumulations, the burden of fuel subsidies and the impact of currency and expatriation of funds concerns among foreign investors. However, only seven months’ later the Minister led a strategic forum on the roadmap for establishing Egypt as a regional energy hub. It will be interesting to chart Egypt’s progress over the full 12 months’ period when OTC 2017 comes around.
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11 January 2017
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Update on Israeli natural gas industry
Israeli natural gas industry – where do we go now? Partners Shiri Shaham and Simon Weintraub at Israeli law firm Yigal Arnon & Co. explore the natural gas industry in Israel After years of deliberations, negotiations and amendments, the Israeli government recently adopted its final framework for the regulation of the burgeoning natural gas sector. This exciting development is a reflection of the country’s vibrant democracy, strong rule of law and climate of regulatory certainty; it will hopefully foster geopolitical stability in the eastern Mediterranean basin, and will potentially promote economic co-development projects and unprecedented investment opportunities in the region.
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14 November 2016
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New Euro-Mediterranean renewable energy and energy efficiency platform launched
Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and Ziad Jibril Sabra, Advisor to the Minister and Director, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan, have launched a new platform for cooperation on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean. The platform, launched on 14 November at the COP22 climate summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, aims to provide a forum for discussing energy policy objectives and measures, and to identify and implement joint initiatives. It aims to promote the growth of renewables and energy efficiency measures in a way that fosters socio-economic development and boosts access to secure, affordable, reliable and climate-friendly energy. The platform was launched alongside Osama Assran, Vice Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Egypt; Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean; and Nandita Parshad, Director of Power and Energy Utilities, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. This is the third of three regional cooperation platforms to be launched. Last year two other Euro-Mediterranean platforms were launched to boost cooperation on both gas and electricity.
11 October 2016
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Pipeline focus at Istanbul World Energy Congress
Major pipeline projects such as Turkish Stream and TANAP were the focus of the 23rd World Energy Congress which opened in Istanbul yesterday (10 October) in the presence of the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

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10 October 2016
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Gas market regulators, EU countries and stakeholders to discuss European internal gas market
European gas market regulators, EU countries, stakeholders and the Commission are meeting at the Madrid Forum on 6-7 October to discuss the functioning of the EU wholesale gas market, scenarios of future gas demand and supply, as well as possible changes to the regulatory framework in the EU gas sector.

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25 July 2016
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Jordan: EU launches biggest support programme for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
The second phase of the energy programme “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency programme in Jordan” (REEE II) was launched last week on the margins of the 10th EU-Jordan Association Committee in Amman, reflecting the advanced cooperation between the EU and Jordan on green energy.

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19 July 2016
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Egypt: EU promotes Energy Efficiency Governance
The EU Delegation to Egypt held yesterday in Cairo the first Energy Efficiency Governance workshop along with the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. The workshop was organised in the framework of the EU-funded Project of Technical Assistance to Support the Reform of the Energy Sector in Egypt (TARES), implemented under the Energy Sector Policy Support Programme (SPSP).

The workshop brought together major public and private sector players in the energy field to discuss governance solutions for supporting Energy Efficiency (EE) in Egypt. Discussions were related to the main provisions of EE which can unlock opportunities in Egypt. These opportunities include identification of clear responsibilities and functions in the process and steps to be taken by the Government to coordinate among the different players to guarantee aligned governance for EE. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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Press release
9 June 2016
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UPDATED: BP, Eni announce new 'significant' gas discovery in Egypt
British oil company BP and Italy's Eni announced a "significant" gas discovery off the coast of Egypt on Thursday. The new discovery in Baltim South West area is jointly owned by both companies, Eni said in a press release on Thursday. The Baltim South West well is located 12 kilometres from the coast, 25 metres deep, and 10 kilometres north of the Nooros field. "Baltim South West discovery further confirms the significant potential of the so called “Great Nooros Area”, which is now estimated to hold 70-80 billion cubic metres of gas in place," read Eni's statement. "Our plan is to utilise existing infrastructure which will accelerate the development of the discovery, and expedite early production start-up," Hesham Mekawi, regional president of BP North Africa, was quoted as saying by Reuters. Egypt has turned into a net importer of natural gas from a net exporter in the past few years on the back of rising consumption and falling productions. The country's energy sector, already experiencing an energy crunch since the summer of 2008, took a blow following the 2011 uprising as arrears to foreign oil firms accumulated and production slowed.
8 June 2016
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Lancement de l’étude de faisabilité d’une nouvelle interconnexion
Abdelkader Amara, le ministre de l’Énergie du Maroc, et Luis Miguel Morais Leitao, le ministre de l’Économie du Portugal, devaient lancer mercredi 8 juin l’étude de faisabilité technique et économique du projet d’interconnexion entre les deux pays, signale le ministère marocain de l’Énergie. Ce projet, d’une capacité de 1 000 MW, doit dans un premier temps permettre au Portugal d’acheminer son électricité vers le Maroc qui fait face à une demande d’électricité croissante. Par la suite, le flux devrait être inversé, selon le secrétaire d’État portugais à l’Énergie qui souligne que « le projet bénéficiera aux deux pays ». L’étude de faisabilité permettra de déterminer notamment le coût et la durée du projet. Ses résultats devraient être connus d’ici la fin de l’année. Si le projet aboutit, il viendra renforcer l’interconnexion existante de 1 400 MW qui relie le Maroc et l’Espagne.
7 June 2016
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European Commission announces €200 million in funding for the Neighbourhood Investment Facility to mobilise over €2 billion of investments in the EU's Southern and Eastern neighbourhood

Today the European Commission announces €200 million for the Neighbourhood Investment Facility.The money will allow the mobilisation of €2 billion in investments for critical infrastructure covering transport, energy and environment, as well as the development of social and private sectors in neighbourhood partner countries east and south of the EU's borders."Economic and social development is at the heart of the EU's support to help stabilise countries in our Neighbourhood. This funding will help partner countries carry out essential investments which would otherwise be postponed due to lack of resources at the risk of hampering economic development. It demonstrates the EU's continued commitment to accelerate investment and support inclusive development across the region, which in turn improves resilience of countries and also addresses root causes of migration," said Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
The Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) is an instrument which combines EU grants with financial resources from the public and private sectors, including loans and equity financing. This allows leveraging additional loans for the development of essential infrastructure as well as for social and private sector development, including specific support to SMEs. Between 2008 and 2014, 95 projects have received financial support through NIF, totalling over €1 billion and leveraging a combined funding volume of more than €25 billion.

More information on the Neighbourhood Investment Facility and projects financed in the region

3 June 2016
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Egypt: EU Ambassador to inaugurate new solar photovoltaic plant in Alexandria
EU Ambassador to Egypt James Moran will inaugurate on 5 June 2016 a new solar photovoltaic plant placed on the roof of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce in the framework of the EU-funded project the EU-funded project ‘Fostering Solar Technology in the Mediterranean Area’ (FOSTEr in MED).
With a capacity of 30,750 kWh per year, the innovative pilot plant is one of the 5 implemented by the FOSTEr in MED project in the Mediterranean area. Other buildings equipped with solar technologies are: Balqa College in Aqaba (Jordan), the Lebanese University Campus in Beirut (Lebanon), the Centre National de Formation de Formateurs et d’Ingénierie de Formation (CENAFFIF) in Tunis (Tunisia) and the Regional Agency for Housing (AREA) in Cagliari (Italy).
The ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007/2013 is a multilateral cross-border cooperation programme funded by the European Union under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. It aims at reinforcing cooperation between the EU and partner countries' regions located along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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FOSTEr in MED
ENPI CBCMED
Cross-border cooperation
30 May 2016
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Mediterranean nations setting ambitious renewable goals hurt by fearful investors
By David Fernández Guerrero
El País – Planeta Futuro
Translated By Samuel Morgan

Solar power is a cheap viable option for the region, but legislative obstacles stymie the sector's growth. The countries of the southern Mediterranean have, in theory, excellent conditions in which to develop renewable energies. But regulations and risk-fearing investors are hampering progress. To the south of the Med, wind is in abundance and solar power is obviously a more than feasible option, but they are still not used to the extent which they could be. This is perfectly illustrated by Tunisia, where “renewable energy only represents 3% of total electricity produced”, explained Julien Mauduit, head of operations at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). A project coordinated by the EBRD and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) intends to encourage private industry to tap into this potential. The initiative is called the Private Renewable Energy Framework (SPREF) and the EBRD expects to provide around €250 million in loans to foster private energy projects in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan. At the same time, the bank will provide technical assistance to those countries in order to adapt legislation and encourage the private sector to participate. However, industry experts have pinpointed major obstacles that could hamper progress. These include the significant subsidies that fossil fuels still get and the capacity of electricity grids to cope with the fluctuations in production inherent with variable energy sources like solar and wind. The bank expects to provide between $250-900 million needed to finance the scheme. The rest of the finance will come from private sources and mixed entities like the Clean Technology Fund, which will throw in $35 million, and the Global Environment Facility, which has promised $15 million. Kevin Bortz, EBRD’S representative in the UfM project, explained that the institution had “a mandate” to provide a third of financing in order to leverage further funding from the private sector. “Eventually, commercial banks should feel more comfortable taking on this sort of risk,” he predicted. The project comes in the wake of the Paris climate summit and the Mediterranean nations have already begun taking steps to reduce their carbon output, said UfM’s Jorge Borrego. He cited Tunisia’s renewable energy law, as well as that of Morocco’s, which since 2009 has allowed private energy companies to sell energy to other private companies. Borrego also mentioned how both Morocco and Egypt have set up agencies dedicated to renewable energies. With these changes in mind, Morocco wants to be getting 40% of its energy by 2020, while Egypt has set a target of 20% within the same timeframe. Jordan intends to be producing 1,800 MWs from solar and wind power by 2020. In Tunisia, the goal is 30% by 2030. However, these targets are at risk of going unfulfilled because of the respective countries’ laws, chief among which is the continued granting of subsidies to non-renewable sources. “It’s time to implement the reforms [putting an end to subsidies] and for the population to accept them. If prices are not sufficiently high [for fossil fuels], then renewables will not be competitive,” warned Mauduit. He added that there is still no regulatory framework that supports the development of the sector. Furthermore, investors still see high risk in financing such private projects. “The state generally offers less risk. National electricity companies are normally a safer bet and private companies are riskier,” said Peter Gish, Director-General of UPC Renewables North Africa, which specialises in renewable energy sources and is taking part in the project. Obviously, the higher the perceived risk, the more difficult it is to secure profitable agreements. This is why the EBRD has “intervened to finance the project”, in order to reduce this uncertainty. Under current conditions, “we need to have long-term financing for the project to be profitable”, said Abdelatiff Nasserdine, head of Infra-Invest, a company involved with managing ARIF, an infrastructure investment fund for sub-Saharan Africa and the north of the continent. In a private market where renewable energies have been lacking, banks have only been willing to finance those companies that “can guarantee long-term [supply purchase] agreements with big electricity consumers,” said Nasserdine. Few companies can make this commitment long-term, normally to “big industrial clients with strong credit rating”. Once banks take on the risk of financing medium-term agreements, of “five years”, then it is hoped that SMEs will finally become interested in the renewables sector. In Morocco’s case, its rules only allow renewable energy to be sold to “customers at high and very high voltage”, which normally means sales are limited to big manufacturers. These companies need an uninterrupted supply of energy, which also makes them a safer bet for financers. One of the projects in which Infra-Invest is participating is the construction of a wind farm in Khalladi, Morocco, which is expected to produce 120 MWs. Other challenges, to do with the operation of the power grid, almost always rest in public hands. The EBRD’s Mauduit said that the grid should be upgraded “in order to cope with fluctuations in energy production that is caused by the variable nature of renewable energy sources”. In any case, the challenges listed above have not stopped the increase in the use of alternative fuel sources and regulation reforms are still proceeding across the width of the Med. The momentum gained by the success of the COP21 summit is driving these countries to set ambitious targets; whether those goals can be met remains to be seen.
24 May 2016
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EU-Algeria Energy Forum: Commissioner reaffirms EU commitment to strengthening strategic partnership

“The large European participation in the Forum here in Algiers today shows our commitment and determination to strengthen our strategic partnership with Algeria,” said Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy at the first EU-Algeria Business Forum on energy held in Algiers on 23-24 May.The EU Commissioner underlined that this event is part of the European strategy of the Energy Union and that the EU “is committed to strengthening its efforts to create a common energy market and share a common vision and strategy.”
On the EU partnership with Algeria, the Commissioner said "in the gas sector, Algeria is a trusted partner that we can rely on”, adding that the EU “endeavors to improve the transparency of its needs so that our suppliers have a solid foundation on which to base their investment decisions. We will continue to make progres in this area”, and that “Algeria should attract new investments in order to maintain its exports to the EU in the long term.”
On renewable energy, the EU Commissioner said “Algeria is on the right track, especially with the adoption of ambitious targets for renewables and energy efficiency”, adding “Through this Forum and through our partnership, the EU supports any initiative by the government which aims to promote clean energy in Algeria.” (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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Commissioner’s speech (FR)
EU-Algeria Business Forum website
EU Delegation to Algeria - website
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre - Algeria

23 May 2016
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ALGÉRIE: M. Cañete à Alger pour le premier forum UE/Algérie sur l'énergie
Bruxelles, 23/05/2016 (Agence Europe) - La coopération énergétique est au centre d'une visite de deux jours - lundi 23 et mardi 24 - à Alger du commissaire à l'Énergie et au Climat, Miguel Arias Cañete. Ce dernier devait participer, aux côtés du ministre algérien de l'Énergie, Salah Khebri, au tout premier forum des affaires dédié à l'énergie, dont les thématiques étaient les renouvelables, l'efficacité énergétique et le gaz. Ce forum, qui s'inscrit dans le cadre de la mise en oeuvre du mémorandum d'entente sur la mise en place d'un partenariat stratégique UE/Algérie dans le domaine de l'énergie, signé en 2013, et dialogue de haut niveau UE/Algérie sur l'énergie, lancé en mai 2015, devait rassembler une centaine de décideurs politiques et économiques, de dirigeants de compagnies énergétiques algériennes et européennes et de représentants des associations industrielles et patronales. Le but était de discuter des moyens de stimuler l'investissement dans l'exploration et l'exploitation des hydrocarbures, en particulier du gaz, mais aussi dans les renouvelables et l'efficacité énergétique. « Cet événement est un premier pas important pour ouvrir de nouvelles possibilités pour les compagnies européennes et algériennes afin de créer des partenariats d'affaires constructifs et de concrétiser des projets d'investissement. Nous allons discuter des moyens de lever les obstacles à l'investissement dans le secteur de l'énergie algérien avec nos partenaires algériens », commentait M. Cañete, à la veille du forum. Avec ses vastes réserves prouvées de gaz et ses conditions météorologiques idéales pour la production d'énergie renouvelable, l'Algérie est un partenaire crucial de l'UE dans son objectif de sécurité énergétique et de diversification de ses approvisionnements, rappelle la Commission dans un communiqué. Le forum d'Alger permettra de bénéficier de l'expertise des compagnies énergétiques européennes et d'explorer les opportunités de partenariat avec les entreprises nationales publiques et privées et les moyens de soutenir la mise en oeuvre du plan algérien de développement des énergies renouvelables et de l'efficacité énergétique approuvé par le gouvernement algérien en 2015, ajoutait un communiqué du forum. L'objectif est également de promouvoir le domaine minier algérien, favoriser les partenariats dans l'amont gazier en Algérie, examiner les moyens de pérenniser des débouchés au gaz algérien en Europe et de conforter ainsi la sécurité d'approvisionnement en gaz de l'UE, ajoutait-il.
17 May 2016
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Climate change: UfM seeks to build common Mediterranean agenda to achieve targets
p>More than 50 climate expert representatives from UfM member countries, key international organisations working in the field of climate change such as the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as well as civil society representatives met on Thursday 12 May in Paris at the 4th Union for the Mediterranean Climate Change Expert Group (UfMCCEG).The aim of the meeting was to follow up on the Paris Agreement and on the implementation of actions related to the fields of local authorities, private sector investments and capacity building and to adopt a work programme for 2016 aiming at enhancing the Mediterranean climate agenda under a regional umbrella of medium-term strategy.
A Mediterranean follow-up dialogue on climate action will thus continue in the coming years after the 4thUfMCCEG. The MedCOP22, which will take place on 18 and 19 July 2016 in Tangier with the full support of the Union for the Mediterranean, will mark another important milestone towards the development of a Mediterranean region-wide climate agenda for the COP22, which will be held in Marrakesh at the end of the year.(EU Neighbourhood Info)

Press release
Climate Change Expert Group (UFMCCEG)

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