MEDREG-REGULATORS
Our work is to reinforce the electricity and gas markets, infrastructure and trade. We advocate for strong regulators that can protect consumers and contribute to the energy transition in the Mediterranean.
Activities
Consumer Working Group (CUS WG)

 

Chairmanship

Chair
(Algeria, CREG)
Vice-Chair
(Bosnia and Herzegovina, SERC)
Vice-Chair
(Albania, ERE)
Mission

The Consumer WG works to enhance the protection of household consumers in the MEDREG countries. That includes the preparation of surveys and recommendations on energy billing, the developments of standards on consumer protection and information and the study of how the role of consumers in the energy market is evolving. The CUS WG also identifies and promotes best practices in consumer protection, including vulnerable customers and quality of service of electricity and gas, from the point of view of final consumers.

Recently, the CUS WG has been seeking synergies among other organizations to reinforce its capability to support the strengthening of consumer protection in the Mediterranean region and beyond: it is indeed widely acknowledged that safeguarding consumer rights lies at the heart of the tasks entrusted to regulators, as informed and active consumers are an essential condition in efficient and sustainable energy markets.



Initiatives for 2024
  • A report on "Vulnerable Consumers" will assess the status quo of the measures taken to ensure the protection of vulnerable consumers, also introducing the definition of energy poverty.
  • A workshop on "Guidelines of Good Practice for Consumer Protections Rules and Communication Strategies," which will showcase case studies from the Mediterranean and neighbouring regions' perspectives.
  • Support Activities in the form of an experts' mission for the Moroccan member ANRE, and a study visit for all the Mediterranean Partner Countries members.

 

 

LAST PUBLICATION
Next event
October 2024 – Date TBC
Brussels
Belgium
MEDREG High-Level Event on “Shaping a Secure and Sustainable Energy Market in the Mediterranean”

Despite the crises that the energy sector underwent in the last two years, putting energy supply at risk and leading energy prices to skyrocket levels, MEDREG demonstrated its capacity of adaptation and responsiveness to help its members maintain the stability and the functioning of the energy markets.

LAST EVENT
21-22-23 May 2024
Online
MEDREG Training “Scope of Regulation”

MEDREG will be hosting its biannual training for junior staff of energy regulators in the Mediterranean region to help them understand how energy rules work and what regulators do.

Objectives
  • Development and diffusion of best practices in the management of final consumers.
  • Support the establishment of an integrated consumer protection framework in the Mediterranean energy sector.
  • Enhance stakeholders’ engagement in the regulation process, such as consumer associations.
Activities
  • Update MEDREG recommendations on the minimal requirements to ensure consumer protection in the Mediterranean region.
  • Compare existing procedures and regulation on energy billing to final consumers in the Mediterranean energy market.
  • Compare existing experience in consumer education and information to final consumers in the Mediterranean energy market.
  • Analysis of existing policy instruments targeted to vulnerable consumers, including a survey of “vulnerability” definitions at national level; analysis of the potential role for energy regulators in this field.
  • Analysis of consumers’ engagements tools in the regulatory process, including a survey of existing consumer associations.
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