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Newly elected MEDREG Presidency committed to supporting regulatory reforms in the Southern Mediterranean

MEDREG newly elected Board, from left to right: Vice-President Ms. Gülefşan Demirbaş (EMRA, Turkey), President Mr. Alexandre Santos (ERSE, Portugal), Vice-President Ms. Wijdan Al Rabadi (EMRC, Jordan) and Permanent Vice President, Ms. Valeria Termini (AEEGSI, Italy).

30 November 2016, Rome
On the occasion of the 22nd General Assembly kindly hosted by the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water (AEEGSI) at the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry on 30 November, Mediterranean Energy Regulators their new President, Mr. Alexandre Santos, Member of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese regulator, along with two Vice-Presidents, Mrs. Gülefşan Demirbaş (EMRA, Turkey) and Ms. Wijdan Al Rabadi (EMRC, Jordan). They join the MEDREG Permanent Vice President, Ms. Valeria Termini (AEEGSI, Italy), thus increasing significantly women’s representation at the head of the Organisation. Presenting his vision for the association for the two-year term, Mr Santos, stated: “My main priority will be to strengthen MEDREG’s capability to support its members, through tailor-made approaches that address market and regulatory developments and priorities in our countries.

A good balance of Northern, Eastern and Southern shore members leading the Working Groups and Task Force
The five Working Groups and Task Forces have appointed their Chair, Co-Chair and Vice-Chair, resulting in a good geographical balance between EU and non-EU countries. Members’ engagement in MEDREG’s technical activities has steadily increased, demonstrating the value of exchanging experience and regulatory knowledge. The Organisation remains committed to providing technical support to the work undertaken by the European Commission in the region through its Neighborhood Policy.

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Empowering regulators to facilitate RES deployment

On 16 November 2016, GiZ and Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) discussed how energy regulators can contribute to fighting climate change at a side event which took place in the framework of the COP22 in Marrakech.

Kindly organised by GIZ, the event marked the beginning of MEDREG’s efforts, in collaboration with GIZ and other interested parties, to support the Moroccan Energy Ministry in the establishment of Morocco’s new electricity regulatory authority (ANRE) which is set to assume direct responsibilities for the Moroccan electricity sector within the next year.

Mr. Alexandre Santos opened the discussion stating that regulators should be supported in playing their referee role in the market. The regulators’ role is pivotal to ensure that renewable energy technologies are properly integrated into the grids. Mr. Santos highlighted the insights MEDREG gained with its first peer review of the Egyptian electricity regulator EgyptERA. This activity propelled the creation of a comprehensive set of tools to identify and develop tailor-made activities with the aim of supporting Southern members’ national reforms as well as individual regulatory priorities and needs, including greater attention to sustainable development.

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MEDREG initiative to support EU Twinning Projects on energy regulation

Gathered in Milan on 18 October 2016 at the initiative of MEDREG, European and Mediterranean regulators shared their experience of regulatory twinning projects in order to take stock of its benefits and challenges, as well as the state of play and possible ways forward. The participants included the regulators currently implementing twinning projects in the Mediterranean region: EgyptERA (Egypt), RAE (Greece), AEEGSI (Italy) and CREG (Algeria), CNMC (Spain), E-Control (Austria), as well as EMRC (Jordan), ERE (Albania) and CRE (France). Twinning is an EU-funded instrument that aims at fostering sub-regional and regional integration of the Mediterranean energy market through knowledge sharing.

Regulators stressed the crucial role played by MEDREG in promoting the twinning process among its members, in particular among its Southern shore countries. Beneficiary countries of the EU’s twinning framework praised the very positive impact it has had in improving and reforming their energy regulation.
EgyptERA explained that its involvement in the process allowed the liberalisation of the Egyptian electricity market. For its part, CREG indicated that the twining initiative aims to strengthen its organizational and administrative capacity as the national authority and to improve the quality of public services and to the efficiency of the regulatory framework.

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Regional Associations of Emerging Markets express their will to further cooperate

Organised by the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) and MEDREG, the Associations representing regulators of emerging economies met for the fourth time, at a high-level meeting in Milan on 3 November 2016, to develop cooperation and exchange experiences in several areas of energy regulation.
This 2016 roundtable provided updates on the most recent activities of regulators and focused on access to energy and investment environment. It gathered the following regional regulatory associations: ARIAE (Latin American and Iberian countries), ERERA (West Africa), ERRA (Eastern Europe), MEDREG (Mediterranean) and RERA (Southern Africa).

The platform addressed critical issues such as barriers to sustainable energy investments, the role played by RES in supporting off-grid solutions, the main policies enacted to increase energy access and how regulators balance the investors' and consumers' needs in the different emerging regions of the world represented by the participating regulators.
With the perspective of the Word Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER) VII due to take place in Mexico in 2018 and in order to consolidate cooperation, the need to meet more often was stressed. Participants agreed that they could work together to identify a topic of common interest to be included in the WFER VII program.
The possibility of allocating an activity to each regional regulatory association in an area where they are particularly strong was envisaged, as a way of driving change in developing energy markets. This attribution of activity could result into a joint Memorandum of Understanding to be signed in early 2017.
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.

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3rd MEDREG - ECRB Roundtable

27 September 2016
Athens, Greece

The 3rd ECRB-MEDREG roundtable took place on 27 September 2016 in Athens, Greece, kindly hosted by RAE, the Greek energy regulator. The two organizations debated about their respective work on good regulatory principles and regulators' independence as well as discussed the regional initiatives of development in the Balkan and Mediterranean electricity markets. The discussion benefited from several case studies and a lively discussion.
Among the different topics MEDREG explained the work carried out on the voluntary peer-review of EgyptERA and the recommendations on good regulatory principle that resulted from this activity.

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MEDREG 21st General Assembly, 18th May 2016, Malta

Group Picture -MEDREG 21st General Assembly, 18th May 2016, Malta

The Maltese Regulator for Energy and Water Services (REWS) kindly hosted the 21st General Assembly (GA) meeting of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) in St. Julian’s, Malta. The 21st MEDREG GA has welcomed several achievements that go in the direction of new partnerships for integrating Mediterranean energy policies and lay the foundation for further energy regulatory cooperation activities.

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MEDREG Action Plan 2016/2018
TheMEDREG Secretariat is glad to circulate the latest version of the MEDREG Action Plan for 2016/2018
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.

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