Survey on CAs in The Mediterranean
Mediterranean Energy Regulators have clear responsibilities with regard to consumer protection, which is part of their core regulatory mission. Assessing the definition and support measures for energy consumers is also one of the the MEDREG Strategy 2020-2030 goals, which is supported by all energy regulators in the Mediterranean.
MEDREG collected information on the role and activities of existing consumer associations (CAs) in the Mediterranean that are dealing with energy issues, focusing on how regulators interact with CAs in taking their decisions at national level.
The report highlights that there is growing interest to involve CAs in the decision making process through tools such as public hearings and consultations procedures, data and opinion collection. At the same time, regulators seem to consider Consumers Associations as extremely useful to support more consistent consumer awareness concerning their rights and the promotion of fair prices and better service quality.
MEDREG Vulnerable Consumers
Energy consumers should have a central role in energy retail markets and it is therefore vital that consumer associations, local authorities, regulators, ombudsmen, industry and other key stakeholders work hand-in-hand with regulators to study the behavior and condition of different consumer categories. The MEDREG CUS WG focused its attention on vulnerable consumers, identifying a common set of characteristics that this category of consumers displays in the Mediterranean area. 15 regulators provided information on their national initiatives to support vulnerable consumers and improve their condition. Through this report the CUS WG identified best practices to deal with vulnerable consumers that could be implemented n other Mediterranean countries.
CUS WG - MEDREG Consumers rights Brochure
The Consumers Issues Working Group (CUS WG) prepared a brochure on Consumers rights for the Mediterranean countries. The aim of this brochure is to help consumers in identifying their rights. The document is conceived as an introductory tool providing consumers with adequate information on their rights as energy consumers. It contains useful information concerning: Consumers rights (as defined in Members primary legislation), Transparent contract information, Basic information on how to satisfy their needs using energy more efficiently, Basic information on energy tariffs and bills, Complaint and dispute resolution procedures.
Good practice guidance for energy consumers information and education
Based on previous surveys, the CUS TF decided to enlarge the scope of the work done, and to elaborate a Good Practice Guidance for customers education and information, including billing, also defining stronger and stricter recommendations. This Good Practice Guidance aims at setting principles and recommendations that could become part of national action plans. Furthermore, recommendations in this document may be used as useful inputs to the future work of Governments and Regulatory Authorities in the field of customer information and customer knowledge under the energy retail market framework. Finally, these recommendations could be taken as a reference to address some specific challenges concerning the implementation of national energy market rules.
Energy Billing in the Mediterranean Countries
This report is focused on energy billing methodologies that are currently applied in MEDREG countries. We researched the billing structure concerning electricity and gas households consumers. The scope of the survey was to assess the level of detail and completeness reached by bills in MEDREG countries, and subsequently identify and discuss the criticalities and good strategies which characterize the Mediterranean reasons, issuing targeted recommendations.
Energy Customer Education and Information in the Mediterranean Countries
This survey investigates the status quo of consumer education and information in MEDREG countries, with reference to household consumers only. It concerns both electricity and gas. The report was based on overall questionnaire was filled by 16 national regulatory authorities. The report on energy information and education concerns customer protection, customer information, channels and tools of information, the promotion of customer information, and price comparison services.
Energy Billing in the Mediterranean Countries
This report is focused on energy billing methodologies that are currently applied in MEDREG countries. We researched the billing structure concerning electricity and gas households consumers.
The scope of the survey was to assess the level of detail and completeness reached by bills in MEDREG countries, and subsequently identify and discuss the criticalities and good strategies which characterize the Mediterranean reasons, issuing targeted recommendations.
Recommendations on the minimum requirements considered as necessary to ensure consumers protection in the field of Electricity and Gas in the Mediterranean region
This document is an updated of the report presented to the General Assembly. It was developed on the basis of 14 questionnaires filled in up to now by the following countries: Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.
It identifies the minimum criteria considered as necessary to ensure consumer protection in the field of electricity and gas and that could be shared and implemented throughout the Mediterranean region.
Summary assessment: survey on consumer protection in the electricity and natural gas sectors in the Mediterranean region
A Task Force on consumer issues was set up in 2008 by MEDREG INS Ad Hoc Group in order to present a clear picture of the situation of Consumer protection in the Mediterranean region (rights and obligations, especially towards vulnerable customers). Representatives of CREG (Algeria) have been appointed as Task Force leader, and entrusted to elaborate a questionnaire and draft a report in close coordination with HERA (Croatia) as well as with CRE (France) as Chair of the INS Ad Hoc Group.