MEDREG-REGULATORS
Event detail
21
JUN
Algiers
Algeria
21-22 June 2023
MEDREG visits its Algerian Members to Reinforce Regulatory Cooperation

On 21 and 22 June, the MEDREG Secretariat visited the Commission de Régulation de l'Electricité et du Gaz (CREG) and the Autorité de Régulation des Hydrocarbures (ARH) in Algiers.

 

The visit followed the successful MEDREG’s study visits to these two energy regulators with the objective of increasing cooperation and strengthening relationships between MEDREG and the Algerian energy regulators.

 

Composed of Mr. Hasan Ozkoc - Director of MEDREG Secretariat, Mr. Bardhi Hoxha - Deputy Director and Mr. Lamine Zitouni - Energy Expert, the MEDREG Secretariat discussed with AHR’s and CREG’s Presidents, respectively Mr. Rachid Nadil and Mrs. Wassila Atimene, the ways of reinforcing MEDREG’s support to the members in terms of capacity building and knowledge sharing to meet their needs and help them reach the targets of energy transition and market reform.

 

President Nadil and President Atimene also expressed their priorities and expectations from MEDREG in order to improve the security of supply in the Mediterranean region.

 

Moreover, MEDREG had the privilege to meet with the Minister of Energy and Mines HE. Mohammad Arkab and highlight the important role of a coherent, fair and transparent regulatory framework to foster and facilitate the investments needed to achieve the energy transition.
The Minister emphasized the need to push further the coordination of the energy market legal frameworks at regional level to progress towards their gradual integration, through exchange of technical knowledge, capacity building and trainings.

 

This mission to Algiers holds significant relevance in the context of Algeria's pivotal role in Europe's energy security during the recent winter season. Algeria, being a major gas exporter, ensured a stable and reliable supply to meet the energy demands of European countries. This visit enabled MEDREG to discuss and strengthen cooperation with CREG and ARH, not only to enhance regulatory practices and strategies but also to explore Algeria's potential as a reliable partner to Europe and neighbouring countries of the southern shore of the Mediterranean.

 

As part of their mission to Algiers, the MEDREG Secretariat also took the opportunity to visit the European Delegation to Algeria, highlighting the importance of the collaboration between MEDREG and the European Union in advancing energy cooperation and regulatory harmonisation.

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