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30
AUG
2019
Mediterranean energy markets, what have we achieved?
A one-day conference on 19 September in Brussels to address ongoing and forthcoming energy reforms in southern Mediterranean countries. The event will bring together Energy Regulators from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco Palestine, and various European countries in Brussels. As members of MEDREG, they will share recent experiences of collaboration and explore solutions for a more harmonised regional energy market in the Southern Mediterranean.
26
JUN
2019
European and Mediterranean regulators team up on empowering consumers to benefit from the energy transition
On 26 June, Energy Regulators from the EU, the Balkans and Black Sea region joined MEDREG in a workshop in Brussels that aimed to strengthen regulatory dialogue across Europe and the broader Mediterranean region to support consumers in becoming active energy market participants.
19
JUN
2019
ENG
MEDREG teams-up with Balkan regulators to facilitate sustainable energy schemes
MEDREG held its 27th General Assembly on 18-19 June in Tirana, which was marked by a redoubling of the organisation’s efforts to promote and facilitate the deployment of sustainable support schemes for Renewable Energy Sources (RES).
11
DEC
2018
Energy regulators across Europe and the Eastern and Mediterranean region sign cooperation arrangement
A signing ceremony held in Vienna on 11 December brought together the Presidents of three regional associations of energy regulatory authorities. Presidents Garrett Blaney of CEER, Giorgi Pangani of the ECRB and Gülefsan Demirbas of MEDREG signed a Cooperation Arrangement that will strengthen regulatory cooperation between energy regulators across Europe through to the Mediterranean, South East Europe and Black Sea regions.
30
NOV
2018
The Turkish Energy Regulator takes on the MEDREG Presidency with the election of Gülefsan Demirbas
Gathered on 29 November in Istanbul for the organisation’s 26th General Assembly, MEDREG Members elected their new President Mrs. Gülefsan Demirbas, Head of the Strategy Development Department at the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA). She will be supported by three Vice-Presidents, Mr. Petrit Ahmeti (ERE, Albania) Mrs. Christine Chauvet (CRE, France) and Mr. Stefano Besseghini (ARERA, Italy). The new Board expressed its willingness to give a new impulse to MEDREG’s strategy and voiced their common ambition to support regulators, finding concrete and mutual solutions to the problems they face.
12
OCT
2018
Algeria is getting prepared for its renewable energy auctions scheme
The progressive decline in the cost of renewable energy technologies and the integration of variable renewable energy into to the grids have led to the adoption of renewable incentive public policies. Among these policies, auction schemes have become increasingly popular with a growing number of countries adopting it over the past decade, including in the Mediterranean region.
04
JUL
2018
MEDREG Workshop on the “Future of Gas in the Mediterranean Region”
Yesterday, on the eve of its 25th General Assembly, MEDREG held a workshop on the “Future of Gas in the Mediterranean Region” to inform further the work of Mediterranean regulators in this area. Hosted by the Portuguese regulator, ERSE, the event gathered gas experts from International Financial Institutions, regulators, Transmission System Operators (TSOs), policy-makers and industry, who shared their views on the current trends of the sector in the Euro-Mediterranean region and beyond.
28
JUN
2018
European, Energy Community and Mediterranean Energy Regulators Further Intensify Cooperation
The first trilateral workshop of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) and Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) held on 28 June in Vienna kicked-off future closer cooperation of the three regional regulatory bodies. The event, focusing on consumer protection, follows a series of previous joint activities and events, among which common reports on quality of supply.
03
MAY
2018
New MEDREG Gas Infrastructure Map shows national gas transmissions, interconnections, storage capacities and future investment plans in the Mediterranean
MEDRE’s Gas Infrastructure Map of the Mediterranean Region provides an outlook of the gas infrastructure in the Mediterranean region, including interconnection points, cross border transmission pipelines, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNGstorage capacities, usage of the capacities and future investment plans across MEDREG members. 
 
Based on data collected from 14 Mediterranean countries, the Gas Infrastructure Map may guide Members to develop priority and/or potential infrastructure in the natural gas transmission systems, in line with natural gas supply-demand scenarios. The report also includes the technical details for the infrastructure of Croatia, Cyprus, France, Jordan, Malta, Spain and Turkey.
17
APR
2018
Egyptian and Portuguese regulators debate challenges and solutions for natural gas market liberalisation
In the context of its key role to support energy regulatory authorities in the Southern Mediterranean, MEDREG facilitated the organisation of a technical study visit between the newly established Egyptian gas regulatory authority (GasReg), and Portugal’s regulatory authority (ERSE), to address regulatory experiences regarding liberalisation of gas markets. The study visit was financed by the European Commission, under an instrument called Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX).
21
MAR
2018
Regulators of emerging energy markets enhance cooperation
Today, on the occasion of the VII World Forum on Energy Regulation taking place in Cancùn, energy regulatory Associations from developing regions of Africa, the Mediterranean, Central and South America, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia signed a cooperation agreement to put their resources in common and jointly work on energy topics of common interest.
07
FEB
2018
Grant contract signature
Since its establishment in 2007 and with the continuous support of the European Union (EU), MEDREG has been working to develop a common regulatory culture and foster progressive energy market integration in the Mediterranean region. Building on 10 years of successful cooperation amongst its members, MEDREG has defined new activities for the twoyear period 2018-2019, enshrined in a new grant contract recently endorsed by the European Commission.
31
JAN
2018
MEDREG Regulatory Outlook
Based on data collected from 20 Mediterranean energy regulatory authorities and ministries, the Energy Regulatory Outlook presents the status of energy regulation in the Mediterranean Basin and aims to provide a complete overview about how the national energy sectors are ruled, ranging from independent entities to governmental bodies. Each regulator is analyzed according to a number of dimensions (such as independence, organization, transparency and accountability).
The report shows that most Mediterranean regulators are independent and empowered entities working to support the opening of the energy markets and mandated to define tariffs, issue binding decisions and sanction sector participants. However, the report indicates that in some countries the role and competences of the regulator could benefit from clarification and improvement in terms of tariff definition, dispute settlement between industry and customers and the protection of vulnerable consumers.
07
DEC
2017
Tunisia learns European experience and practices of interconnectors’ management for its planned cross-border cable "ELMED"
On 5-6 December 2017, MEDREG held a training on European rules for cross-border interconnections for their Tunisian member, the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mining and Renewable Energies. The 2-day training, in which participated 20 staff members of the Energy Ministry and of the Tunisian electricity utility (STEG), aimed at enhancing their knowledge and skills concerning the realisation of cross-border electricity interconnection projects, including the identification of appropriate business models.
07
DEC
2017
Tunisia learns European experience and practices of interconnectors’ management for its planned cross-border cable "ELMED"
On 5-6 December 2017, MEDREG held a training on European rules for cross-border interconnections for their Tunisian member, the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mining and Renewable Energies. The 2-day training, in which participated 20 staff members of the Energy Ministry and of the Tunisian electricity utility (STEG), aimed at enhancing their knowledge and skills concerning the realisation of cross-border electricity interconnection projects, including the identification of appropriate business models.
07
DEC
2017
Tunisia learns European experience and practices of interconnectors’ management for its planned cross-border cable "ELMED"
On 5-6 December 2017, MEDREG held a training on European rules for cross-border interconnections for their Tunisian member, the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mining and Renewable Energies. The 2-day training, in which participated 20 staff members of the Energy Ministry and of the Tunisian electricity utility (STEG), aimed at enhancing their knowledge and skills concerning the realisation of cross-border electricity interconnection projects, including the identification of appropriate business models.
23
NOV
2017
Regulators and Agencies for Energy Conservation to work hand in hand towards regional cooperation and sustainable energy transition
Today, during a joint workshop held at the European Parliament in Brussels, the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG*) and the Mediterranean Association of the National Agencies for Energy Conservation (MEDENER**) discussed how they can step up their cooperation with coordinated actions that concretely promote sustainable energy in the Mediterranean.
16
NOV
2017
MEDREG meets Ministers and Energy Regulatory Authorities of Israel and Palestine to strengthen regional cooperation in electricity and gas markets
In an official visit to Israel and Palestine on 15 and 16 November, the President and General Coordinator of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG*), Mr Alexandre Santos and Mr Fabio Tambone, reaffirmed MEDREG’s support to its Southern shore Members. They met with Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s Energy Minister, and with His Excellency Eng. Zafer Melhem, Chairman of the Palestinian Energy Authority, to define and agree on concrete ways of supporting the two countries’ energy market and regulatory reforms.
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16
NOV
2017
MEDREG meets Ministers and Energy Regulatory Authorities of Israel and Palestine to strengthen regional cooperation in electricity and gas markets
In an official visit to Israel and Palestine on 15 and 16 November, the President and General Coordinator of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG*), Mr Alexandre Santos and Mr Fabio Tambone, reaffirmed MEDREG’s support to its Southern shore Members. They met with Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s Energy Minister, and with His Excellency Eng. Zafer Melhem, Chairman of the Palestinian Energy Authority, to define and agree on concrete ways of supporting the two countries’ energy market and regulatory reforms.
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16
NOV
2017
MEDREG meets Ministers and Energy Regulatory Authorities of Israel and Palestine to strengthen regional cooperation in electricity and gas markets
In an official visit to Israel and Palestine on 15 and 16 November, the President and General Coordinator of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG*), Mr Alexandre Santos and Mr Fabio Tambone, reaffirmed MEDREG’s support to its Southern shore Members. They met with Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s Energy Minister, and with His Excellency Eng. Zafer Melhem, Chairman of the Palestinian Energy Authority, to define and agree on concrete ways of supporting the two countries’ energy market and regulatory reforms.
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30
OCT
2017
MEDREG shares its experience to support an empowered energy regulator in Morocco
On 30 October, Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG)* joined the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ)** in discussing the evolution of the Moroccan energy market with the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, in a conference entitled “Energy Market transformation: challenges and implication”. Held today in Rabat, the event aimed at presenting international experiences that are in line with the efforts to reform Morocco’s legislative and regulatory framework and support its ambitious low carbon energy objectives.
30
OCT
2017
MEDREG partage son expérience en vue de la création d'un régulateur de l'énergie habilité au Maroc.
Le 30 octobre, les Régulateurs méditerranéens de l'Énergie (MEDREG)* se sont unis à la GIZ** (l'agence de coopération internationale allemande pour le développement) pour parler de l'évolution du marché de l'énergie marocain avec le Ministère de l'Énergie, des Mines, de l'Eau et de l'Environnement lors d'une conférence intitulée "Transformation du marché de l’énergie : défis et implications". Cet évènement qui s'est déroulé aujourd'hui à Rabat, a comme but de montrer les expériences internationales en ligne avec les efforts pour réformer le cadre législatif et règlementaire du Maroc et de l'assister dans ses objectifs ambitieux de faible émission de carbone.
30
OCT
2017
MEDREG shares its experience to support an empowered energy regulator in Morocco
On 30 October, Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG)* joined the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ)** in discussing the evolution of the Moroccan energy market with the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, in a conference entitled “Energy Market transformation: challenges and implication”. Held today in Rabat, the event aimed at presenting international experiences that are in line with the efforts to reform Morocco’s legislative and regulatory framework and support its ambitious low carbon energy objectives.
25
MAY
2017
MEDREG to launch the first tailor-made activities to support Southern member regulators
On 24 May, Mediterranean Energy Regulators gathered in Athens for the Association’s 23rd General Assembly. During the meeting, members debated the strategy and action plan for MEDREG in the medium term; discussed the development of tailored support activities for members’ national reforms; and approved a new communications strategy which will deepen and extend MEDREG’s outreach and the dissemination of its concrete achievements.
04
APR
2017
Mediterranean regulators brainstormed on the establishment of an independent Egyptian Gas regulator
Cairo, 30 March 2017
With the recent establishment of the Egytian Gas Regulator, Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) brainstormed in Cairo on the independence of regulators, their financial autonomy and gas market models. Hosted by the Egyptian Gas Holding Company EGAS, the workshop “Towards the establishment of an independent Egyptian Gas regulator: Market Model and License Fees” brought together leading perspectives and expertise on these topics.
Opening the workshop, the EU Delegation representative recalled the important role of Egypt in the Mediterranean region, underlining the latest discovery of the Zohr gas field which will have a great impact in resource diversification for the region.
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