The French city of Grasse hosted the 16th MEDREG General Assembly (GA) on 19 November 2013. The meeting was the occasion to approve the new institutional framework of the Association, including the updated statutes and internal rules. Participants revised the challenges and best practices that characterize the integration of renewable energy sources in isolated systems throughout the Mediterranean region, as well as discussed upcoming MEDREG training and capacity-building activities, with the aim to enhance knowledge exchange among and within members. This GA also marked the progress of MEDREG work on consumer issues, with the discussion of the state of the art on consumer information and education practices in member countries.
MEDREG-CEER round-table: Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in energy regulation CEER (the Council of European Energy Regulators) and MEDREG have a long-lasting experience on the benefits that come from regional cooperation on energy regulation in the Euro-Mediterranean area. On 19 November 2013, the two Associations held a round-table in Grasse (France) to discuss the current challenges faced by energy stakeholders to promote infrastructure investment in the region thanks to a suitable regulatory framework. The round-table gathered representatives of CEER and MEDREG regulatory authorities as well as selected external partners.
MEDREG is engaged to improve reciprocal knowledge and data exchange among members and with external stakeholders. To this purpose, the GAS Working Group has elaborated a Transparency Template Tool. This template collects and rationalizes relevant information on the Mediterranean gas markets. It provides data on institutional framework, licensing procedures, gas interconnections, capacity and network codes. You can access it on MEDREG website, clicking here.
MEDREG encourages the new ICER Women in Energy network
Energy regulators have launched a global initiative to promote the advancement of Women in Energy.
MEDREG is a member of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER). ICER represents energy regulators worldwide.
ICER's new Women in Energy initiative aims to help the advancement of women in energy. It focuses on empowering women through practical tools and seeking to change culture and attitudes.
The new ICER Women in Energy network is a global collaborative network for the benefit of women. It is open to staff (men and women) of energy regulatory authorities. Members have access to training, networking events and ICER's pilot mentoring programme. Why join the ICER Women in Energy network?
Mr. Michel Thiollière, President of MEDREG and Mr. Noureddine Boutarfa, President of Med-TSO
Mr. Michel Thiollière, President of MEDREG (Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators), and Mr. Noureddine Boutarfa, President of Med-TSO (Association of the Mediterranean Transmission System Operators) signed on 30th of September a Cooperation Protocol concerning the development and integration of the Euro-Mediterranean energy sector. The agreement between MEDREG and Med-TSO confirms the cooperation process initiated between two of the main institutional actors in the Mediterranean energy sector, considering common infrastructure and rules as a condition for the economic and social development in the region.
Mediterranean Energy Regulators are pleased to share with you their first Annual Report. This report highlights the activities accomplished by the Association during 2012. The growing role of the Association as a regional institution, in the context of a changing EU Neighborhood Policy, is coupled with an overview of the scientific results of MEDREG Working Groups and Task Forces, capacity-development activities, as well as with the Association's growing communication and institutional activities. An important part of the report is dedicated to MEDREG vision, looking at the Association's aim to became a resource center for Mediterranean energy stakeholders. Based on our 2012 results, MEDREG plans to foster the role of energy regulators as a regional point of reference to support stronger energy governance, investing on technical cooperation, data consolidation and publication, and scientific coordination among members.
3rd MEDREG-IMME Seminar 11-12 September, Tunis
The general objective of the third and last MEDREG seminar on IMME has been to reinforce the dialogue opened on the concept of electricity market among the people in charge of this sector in the three partner countries and to allow participants to (a) better understand the consequences of opening the electricity markets of the three Maghreb countries, considering their different level of advancement on the reform path; (b) clarify the future steps that every country has to take to reform their electricity markets, and (c) grasp the role played by the opening of markets to favor the creation of an integrated market. The MEDREG-IMME seminars have been the occasion to concretely progress on the path of regional cooperation and represented a relevant basis for the implementation of the overall IMME Action Plan, which, in due time, envisages the creation of a free trade area on energy among the three beneficiary countries.
L'objectif général du troisième et dernier séminaire MEDREG-IMME a été de renforcer le dialogue ouvert sur le concept du marché électrique entre les responsables du secteur des trois pays partenaires et de permettre aux participants (a) de mieux appréhender le rôle de l'ouverture des marchés électriques des trois pays, en prenant en considération les niveaux différents d'avancement des réformes dans les 3 pays du Maghreb ; (b) la clarification des étapes à venir des réformes d'ouverture des marchés électriques de chaque pays et (c) d'en saisir la portée comme outil moteur de l'émergence d'un marché intégré. Les séminaires MEDREG-IMME ont été l'occasion de progresser concrètement sur la voie de la coopération régionale et ont constitué une base importante pour la mise en œuvre du Plan d'Action de l'ensemble du projet IMME, qui prévoit à terme la création d'un espace de libre échange dans le domaine de l'énergie entre les trois pays bénéficiaires.