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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.

Download the MEDREG Annual Report 2014 here
Launching event of the Euro-Med platforms


6 May 2015, Rabat
MEDREG President Dr. El Salmawy participated in the high level meeting for the official endorsement of the cooperation process on the three platforms. The event has been hosted by the Minister of Energy of Morocco Abdelkader Amara, in presence of EU Energy and Climate Commissioner Miguel Canete, EC Director General for Energy Dominique Ristori, UfM Secretary General Fathallal Sijilmassi, as well as representatives of Jordan and Tunisia. The main stakeholders were invited to present their contribution to the process, namely MEDREG, Med-TSO, OME and Medgrid. Participants underlined the necessity to further develop energy exchanges in the EuroMed region, as well as to identify priority projects and adequate regulatory and financial conditions to attract investors, Dr. El Salmawy reminded the strong involvement of our Association and stressed the success of the MEDREG consultation / workhsop on Investment, as well as the ongoing cooperation with Med-TSO and possible creation of a Med-TSO for gas in the near future. He recalled the importance of relaunching the IMME process, together with energy market integration in the Mashreq.
The MENA Energy Transition: How to get investments right?

Mr Alexandre Santos, MEDREG Vice-President and  Executive Board Member of  the Portuguese Energy Services Regulatory Authority (ERSE)

6 May 2015, Brussels
EURELECTRIC, Arab Union of Electricity (AUE) & MEDELEC organised a conference to address energy investment challenges and options in the MENA region.The event gathered high-level representatives and experts from the industry, governments and financial institutions. MEDREG Vice-President Alexandre Santos delivered the opening speech at this event, presenting the work MEDREG is doing on infrastructure investments in the region. He provided information on the content of the dedicated MEDREG report and on the interaction with stakeholders recently carried out through a public consultation process, followed by a workshop in Sharm el Sheikh.

All the documents related to the conference are available by clicking here.
MEDREG held Workshop on interconnection infrastructures in the Mediterranean


The Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) held its Workshop on "Interconnection Infrastructures in the Mediterranean: A Challenging Environment for Investments" on 29 April 2015 in Sharm el Sheikh, kindly hosted by the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptEra). 48 participants including the Energy Charter, RES4MED, Med-TSO, PAM, RCREEE, and Société Générale, attended the workshop with a valuable contribution and strong commitment to the benefit of promoting investment in infrastructure in the Mediterranean region. The workshop presented the responses to the consultation during three sessions. The first session focused on national institutional architectures. The second session discussed the gas sector, security of supply and international cooperation, while the third session concerned the electricity sector, the use of existing infrastructure and the relation between regulators and TSOs. A conclusive roundtable has been devoted to a discussion on the main energy infrastructure projects that are currently being developed in the region. As an outcome of the Workshop, the next MEDREG General Assembly (Istanbul, 24 May 2015) will discuss the creation of a "Financial Sounding Board" composed, on a voluntary basis, of representatives of the banking and investing community, with the aim to provide opinions and advice on request by MEDREG, in particular concerning the impact of regulatory changes on financing decisions.

Click here to download the agenda and the list of participants
Click here to download the speeches and the presentations
Click here to download the press kit
Click here to download the Report on "Interconnection Infrastructures in the Mediterranean: A Challenging Environment for Investments"
Click here to download the MEDREG Public Consultation Interconnection Infrastructures  Evaluation of Responses  
Delivering renewable energy investments in Egypt: challenges and opportunities


On 20 April 2015, RES4MED and Enel Green Power organized a one-day conference focusing on the challenges and opportunities related to renewable energy investments in Egypt. The Egyptian government has announced an extended program of renewable energy deployment to increase power generation capacity and diversify its energy sources. Investments for over $10 billion in 2020 are planned thanks to the national objective to produce at least 20% of electricity from the sun and the wind. The huge investments required call for private sector involvement. The meeting was attended by high level Investors and international renewable energy operators including CEOs of Enel Green Power, Edison, Terna, Cesi, Italcementi in addition to high representation from EBRD, HSBC, IEA, IFC and Barclays. Salma Hussein, Department Manager, License and performance evaluation at EgyptERA participated as MEDREG speaker, together with investors, financial institutions, banks and technology providers. Considering the Egyptian government's openness to private foreign investors, all the conference participants have confirmed the particular attention given to the country in the coming years.

All the documents related to the conference are available by clicking here
MEDREG PAPERS N.2


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.

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Supported by the
European Union

from the left: Mr. Michel Thiollière (former Medreg President), Mr. El-Salmawy (Medreg President)

On the occasion of 17th Electricity Working Group meeting that took place last 31 March in Cairo, MEDREG President Dr. Hafez El Salmawy gave a thank-you present to former President Michel Thiollière as a souvenir from his visit to Egypt. During his term (2012-2014), and thanks to the strong support of the members, the Association notably adopted a comprehensive Strategy for 2020-2030 and consolidated its role as key institution for regional cooperation in the Mediterranean energy sector.
Energy Union Package
The European Commission has published the Energy Union Package - "A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy", developing the vision of an integrated continent-wide energy system, based on competition, the best possible use of resources and regulation. Secure and affordable energy supply is presented as one of the main priorities, notably through the creation of a Mediterranean Gas hub. The aim of the EC is to develop the access to alternative suppliers, including countries of the Southern Gas Corridor and of the Mediterranean region, by using the instruments of the EU external action to enhance energy cooperation at regional level.
Energy Union strategy - pdf
Energy Union strategy - web
WAME 2015

The WAME&Expo2015 Association (World Access to Modern Energy and Expo2015) was founded to take advantage of the great opportunity offered by the Universal Exposition, Expo Milano 2015, (May - October 2015) to achieve the following main objectives: 1. increase worldwide awareness on the problem of access to modern energy, and 2. promote actions whose aim is to reduce the “modern energy gap” and contribute to match the demand and supply of  projects addressing it. Its website provides an introduction to the issue of access to energy, indicates the ways of solving the problem and contains a digital database that outlines projects, case studies and researches representing worldwide interventions in this field.
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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MEDREG Action Plan 2014/2016
MEDREG Secretariat is glad to circulate the latest version of MEDREG Action Plan for 2014/2016
Association of the Mediterranean Regulators for Electricity and Gas

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