MEDREG Annual Report 2015
Mediterranean Energy Regulators perform an increasing number of activities and support the setting up of an efficient regulatory framework for electricity and gas markets in the Mediterranean region.
As the only Association representing the public authorities responsible for electricity and gas regulation of 21 Mediterranean countries, we strongly believe in the central role of independent regulators and will keep on developing recommendations and providing continuous support to our members in this respect.Thanks to the work performed so far to integrate and harmonize electricity and gas markets, MEDREG can be counted among the most relevant organizations in the Mediterranean energy sector.
In the future, MEDREG will increase its commitment to support national regulator in developing and strengthening their role.
It is our pleasure to share these achievements with you and to send you our 2015 Annual Report.
MEDREG Action Plan 2016/2018
Action Plan 2016-2018
The MEDREG Action Plan was updated by each MEDREG Working Group (WG) and Task Force (TF) including the main objectives and expected deliverables for the next three years(2016-2018). During the WG meetings that took place in the first half of 2016, for each deliverable WG members updated the list of deliverables, division of tasks among them, requested support to the Secretariat and expected deadlines. MEDREG Action Plan also contains the fundamental targets , in line with the MEDREG Strategy Plan for the 2020-2030 period.
Evolution of the Mediterranean energy sector 2013-2015
MEDREG is glad to present its latest publication “Evolution of the Mediterranean energy sector 2013-2015”
that collects the the Association's achievements performed during the three years.
A section of the publication shows the major results in terms of energy regulation obtained by MEDREG members
. The reports issued by MEDREG Working Groups have been relevant to support Southern shore member regulators in achieving their objectives, testifying for the key role played by the Association in favor of the regulatory harmonization of the region.
Fact-findings from the publication include the following steps forward made by MEDREG members:
The MEDREG publication is available here
- the process of establishment of the Moroccan electricity regulator and the Egyptian gas regulator is advancing;
- the reinforcement of institutional cooperation with Euro-Mediterranean energy stakeholders, such as the close cooperation with Med-TSO in the context of the UfM Euro-Mediterranean Platform on the Regional Electricity Market;
- the enhancement of knowledge about good regulatory principles and practice among Southern shore members as well as intensified exchange and publication of data on Mediterranean gas and electricity markets.
MEDREG book "Regulation and Investments in Energy Markets: Solutions for the Mediterranean" available online and in the book stores starting from today!
MEDREG is pleased to announce the publication of the book “ Regulation & Investments in Energy Markets - Solutions for the Mediterranean” that collects the most relevant contribution produced by the first MEDREG Forum and several additional interventions from Mediterranean energy experts and researchers.
While Mediterranean countries face unprecedented challenges in the energy sector, this book presents detailed information on energy policy and regulation, two necessary key factors needed to tackle the energy efficiency challenges of the region.
- Contains a detailed overview of the specificities and institutional frameworks of Mediterranean, giving greater clarity on existing energy practices in the region
- Provides recommendations and contributions from leading scholars and key players in energy policy research
- Presents information with a region-wide interdisciplinary approach based on specific industry information
The MEDREG book is out and available on Elsevier online book store at the following link:
MEDREG informative leaflet
MEDREG action plan 2015 - 2017
The MEDREG Action Plan was updated by each Working Group (WG) including the main objectives and expected deliverables on the relevant period. For each deliverable, the WG have indicated the requested support (such as training activities) as well as the referent regulator for each task. Moreover, the Action Plan expresses the fundamental targets 2020-2030 for every WG e TF, in line with the MEDREG Strategy Plan for the period 2020-2030.
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.
Pursuant to the first edition of the MEDREG Forum, held in Barcelona on 26 November 2014, the Mediterranean Energy Regulators are pleased to share with you the related publication "MEDREG Papers n.2".
The MEDREG Forum 2014 enabled our Association to hear out opinions of researchers and practitioners on the state of play and main proposals to enhance investments in the Mediterranean energy sector. This booklet summarizes the contributions presented by the speakers, as well as the main conclusions of the event.
The publication is conceived as a multimedia file including active links to Forum speakers’ affiliations, as well as to MEDREG members’ websites.
MEDREG Papers will continue to report about debates and facts concerning Mediterranean energy regulation, building on the growing interaction between the Association and all relevant stakeholders in the region.
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.
MEDREG, the only association representing the independent public authorities responsible for the regulation of electricity and gas of 24 Mediterranean countries, has developed a comprehensive Strategy 2020-2030 that aims at creating the conditions for the setting up of a Mediterranean Energy Community.
This presentation illustrates the key objectives and priority actions considered by MEDREG in this respect, focusing on the progressive improvement of the overall condition of Mediterranean energy markets.
Mediterranean energy regulators are glad to share with you their Annual Report for 2013. Last year MEDREG welcomed Libya as the twenty-first member country of the Association. The European Commission has renewed its confidence in the Association by signing a new three-year contract with MEDREG. MEDREG has strengthened its institutional framework, revising Statutes and Internal Rules. MEDREG has consolidated the relationship of trust established with the Italian energy regulator (AEEGSI), which hosts the Secretariat of MEDREG in Milan (Italy), and has fulfilled its commitments with Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia finalizing the first part of the IMME programme, aimed at the integration of electricity markets in the Maghreb. As an Association gathering regulators, MEDREG aims to build concrete relationships with partners that are key to develop a network. Two examples of this attitude concern the partnership agreement MEDREG signed with Med-TSO, the Association of electricity transmission system operators in the Mediterranean, and the invitation by the Union for the Mediterranean to present the work of the Association at the Ministerial Energy Meeting in Brussels at the end of 2013.
MEDREG action plan 2014 - 2016
MEDREG, the energy regulators of Mediterranean countries, and CEER, the European energy regulators, held on 20th November a joint round-table3 in Grasse (France).
It was an important occasion to host a high level debate on regulatory challenges in European and Mediterranean
energy markets and discuss the requirement for attracting infrastructural investments in the energy sector of the Euro-
Mediterranean region. Representatives of regulatory authorities, as well as delegates of industry and financial
institutions gave their contributions to the discussion.
The MEDREG Action Plan reports the main objectives, expected outputs, deadlines and training activities of the Working Groups (WG) and Task Forces (TF). Moreover, the Action Plan expresses the fundamental targets 2015-2020 for every WG e TF, in line with the MEDREG Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2020.
Mediterranean Energy Regulators are pleased to share with you their first
This report provides an overview of the main achievements of MEDREG’s
Working Groups and Task Forces underlining the growing role of the
Association as a regional organisation for regulatory cooperation in the
context of a changing Mediterranean area. The report also includes
information on our training and capacity-building initiatives as well as on
our communication activities and our relations with external partners.
An important part of the report is dedicated to MEDREG’s strategy
towards the Mediterranean Energy Community. Our aim is to foster
the role of energy regulators as a regional point of reference to support
stronger energy governance, technical cooperation, data consolidation
and transparency, and scientific coordination among members. MEDREG
also strives to become a resource centre for Mediterranean energy
This publication, issued on the European Energy Journal under the title Establishing a Regional Mediterranean Electricity Market: Assessment and Strategy, has been developed by members of the Ad-hoc Group on Electricity Issues and the Secretariat, on the basis of a recent MEDREG study on the matter.
Speech by Sen. Lhou Lmarbouh, PAM rapporteur on energy, to the 13th meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea– New York 29 May 2012 on “Marine Renewable Energy”.
Thanks to the institutional partnership with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), the most effective instrument of parliamentary diplomacy in the Region, MEDREG had the chance to be included in the speech by Sen. Lhou Lmarbouh, to the 13th meeting of the United Nations on “Marine Renewable Energy”.
In this occasion it has been underlined the fundamental role of MEDREG in the constitution of a Mediterranean Energy Community, like the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB), which is an international institution based on an international Treaty signed among Governments of the Balkan region.
Senator Lmarbouh has expressed the importance of supporting MEDREG with sufficient political sustain by the Governments of the Mediterranean region with the aim to become a permanent Association institution.
This would guarantee the continuity of MEDREG pivotal role of harmonizer in regional energy regulation and, by consequence hence, its driving role of driver of for economic growth and social progress in the Mediterranean region.
Since its creation MEDREG has conceived and implemented an ambitious work plan, aimed to build a common vision among its Members based on concrete and in-depth expertise exchange. Today, the achievements of this period of intense activity are presented to all stakeholders in this unique 5-Year Report. It gathers the executive summaries of all deliverables and technical outputs produced by the Ad Hoc Group on Institutional issues (INS AG), the Ad Hoc Group on Electricity (ELE AG), the Ad Hoc Group on Gas (GAS AG), the Ad Hoc Group on Environment, Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency (RES AG), and the Task Force on Consumer issues (CUS TF). The executive summaries are presented in the form of thematic fiches and briefly develop the main contents of each report, highlighting their conclusions and recommendations. This allows MEDREG to better explain and promote the very concrete results of our activities over the last 5 years.
MEDREG RESPONSE TO EC CONSULTATION
MEDREG has just submiitted its contribution to the EC Public Consultation on "the external dimension of the European Union Energy policy". This initiatives acknowledges the necessity for the EU to ensure efficient energy markets and security of energy supply in the Union and beyond its borders, notably through the promotion of energy efficiency and energy saving, the development of renewable energy sources, and the promotion of interconnected energy networks. According to these objectives, "the external dimension therefore needs to be a full part in the recent and forthcoming initiatives" of the EU.
In the response to the European Commission, MEDREG members underline that the objectives set by the Action Plan for 2011-2013 require a long term vision designed at regional level. Continuous efforts are necessary to achieve a harmonised and coherent regulatory framework through a step-by-step approach. MEDREG is definitely positioned in this long-term perspective, notably by addressing the opportunity to provide support in terms of expertise and capacity building to the Integration of Electricity Markets of Maghreb Countries (IMME) for the period 2010-2015.