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6th World Forum on Energy Regulation
The 6th World Forum on Energy Regulation will be held on 25-28 May, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.
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from the left: Mr. Carbone ( AEEGSI, Italy), Mr. Ahmeti (ERE, Albania), Mr. El-Salmawy (EgyptERA, Egypt), Mr. Santos (ERSE, Portugal)

Barcelona, 27 November 2014
The 18th General Assembly (GA) meeting of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) was held today in Barcelona, kindly hosted by the Spanish Authority for Markets and Competition (CNMC).
MEDREG appointed as new President for a two-year mandate Dr. Hafez El-Salmawy, Managing Director of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptEra), and former MEDREG Vice-President (2012-2014). From 2007 onwards, Dr. El-Salmawy chaired the Electricity Working Group and supervised notably the elaboration of MEDREG’s Observatory of Mediterranean Electricity Markets. Together with newly appointed President El-Salmawy, Mr Alexandre Santos, Executive Board Member of  the Portuguese Energy Services Regulatory Authority (ERSE) and Mr. Petrit Ahmeti, President of the Albanian Energy Regulator (ERE), were nominated as MEDREG Vice-Presidents for the next two years. Mr. Luigi Carbone, Commissioner of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water (AEEGSI), holds the position of MEDREG Permanent Vice-President.
In accordance with the principle of periodical rotation of tasks among the members of the Association, the 18th GA meeting has been also the occasion to approve a renewed distribution of responsibilities within MEDREG Working Groups.
Under the Presidency of Michel Thiollière (2012-2014), Commissioner of the French Regulatory Commission of Energy, and thanks to the strong support of its members, the Association adopted a comprehensive Strategy for 2020-2030 and consolidated its role as key institution for regional cooperation in the Mediterranean energy sector, notably through the organisation of the first MEDREG Forum on Energy Regulation, held on 26 November 2014 in Barcelona in presence of more than 120 participants.

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27 November 2014, Barcelona, Spain 18th MEDREG General Assembly Meeting

Mr. Thiollière, MEDREG President

Barcelona, 26 November 2014
MEDREG is holding today the first edition of the Mediterranean Forum on Energy Regulation, supported by the European Commission (EC) with the objective of creating a Mediterranean Energy Community. Dedicated to "Regulation & Investments: Solutions for the Mediterranean Region”, the Forum represents a unique opportunity to review the current state of thinking on the relationship between energy regulation and investments, identify the main challenges and risks and assess how they can be addressed both at regional and sub-regional level.

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Mr. Thiollière (MEDREG President), Mr. Boutarfa (Med-TSO President) and Mr. Ristori (Director General Energy, EC) sign the Memorandum of Understanding

19 November 2014

Today, the Italian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission jointly hosted the high-level conference "Building a Euro-Mediterranean energy bridge: the strategic importance of Euromed gas and electricity networks in the context of energy security". Relevant public and private stakeholders of the Mediterranean such as regulators, the industry and financial institutions took part in the event.

The conference identified concrete initiatives to support Euro-Mediterranean partners in achieving their energy policy objectives towards a Euro-Mediterranean energy community. Michel Thiollière, President of MEDREG, and Commissioner of the French Regulatory Commission for Energy (CRE), presented the main challenges for sound infrastructure investments in the region. He underlined that the MEDREG Strategy 2020-2030 strongly advocates for the creation of independent regulatory authorities for electricity and gas in all Mediterranean countries to provide an investment-friendly regulatory framework and protect consumers.

The conference was the occasion for MEDREG to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission and the Association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators (Med-TSO) with the aim to establish a Euro-Mediterranean Platform on Regional Electricity Markets.

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Enel Foundation, OME and IEA Training on New Challenges for Energy Systems in the Mediterranean Region

courtesy of Enel Foundation
2-6 November 2014 - Venice, Italy

Enel Foundation, in cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA), Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean Association (RES4MED), the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie (OME), and the Venice International University (VIU), organized a training course focused on the recent development of energy system in the Mediterranean Region.The training discussed various subjects of interest for MEDREG, such as interconnection investments, RES integration and energy legislative frameworks.
Participants to this 5-day training course came from 10 MEDREG countries, including 6 MPC countries. MEDREG provided two speakers for the event, Mr. Erturk, Head of Tariff Department, Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA), and Mr.Gallèpe,  Director of MEDREG Secretariat.

ERRA Chairmen Meeting
29 October 2014 - Baku, Azerbaijan

The ERRA Chairmen meeting has been an opportunity to update participants on the role and activities of Mediterranean regulators, in particular concerning to support international investments in energy infrastructure. In particular, Vice-President Senel treated the topic of security of supply from the viewpoint of MEDREG countries, while Vice-President Carbone intervened in the discussion on the relevance and characteristics regulatory independence. On this occasion, the reinforcement of the cooperation between MEDREG and Energy Regulators of Southern and Eastern Europe has been discussed in order to encourage further exchange of experiences and best practices on a regular basis.

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Second MEDREG Capacity-Building Exercise
22-23 October 2014 - Milan, (Italy)

MEDREG capacity-building meetings aim at answering specific learning needs identified by a group of member regulators. This objective is achieved through knowledge transfer from other MEDREG regulators, which present their national case underlying the path that led to the current situation as well as the challenges ahead.
Our second exercise concerns reporting methodologies, with particular reference to the collection of data to monitor the activity of regulated entities. Senior staff from ERSE (Portugal), EgyptEra (Egypt), and CNMC (Spain) trained participants from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Italy,  and Malta.

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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 Forum - Mediterranean Forum on Energy Regulation
MEDREG, the only association representing independent public authorities in the electricity and gas sector, launches the first edition of this Forum dedicated to "Regulation & Investments: Solutions for the Mediterranean Region” to be held on 26 November 2014 in Barcelona (Spain).

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MEDREG Annual Report 2013
MEDREG Secretariat is glad to circulate the Annual Report 2013
MEDREG Action Plan 2014/2016
MEDREG Secretariat is glad to circulate the latest version of MEDREG Action Plan for 2014/2016
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