Renewable energy and gas in the Mediterranean, new cooperation synergies in the region


On 6 November in Brussels, MEDREG held its energy Forum entitled “At the Forefront of Pro-active and Resilient Energy Regulation”, which saw the participation of key energy experts who exchanged on gas and renewable energy developments in the Mediterranean region through a pro-active dialogue. Representatives of international institutions, regulators, industry and academia underlined the fundamental synergy between gas and renewable energies to shape the developments of Mediterranean energy markets and the energy trade routes, agreeing on the importance of a fruitful collaboration between Regulatory Authorities to ensure the creation of a regulatory framework able to accommodate the changes to come.

The main energy challenge for the Mediterranean area is to satisfy the rapid growth in energy demand in harmony with the principles of sustainable development. This new energy hunger is the result of population growth, economic development, and urbanization. Indeed, sustainable solutions to address this need will require large investments in infrastructure and transparent, efficient and sustainable regulatory frameworks. For over ten years, MEDREG, as the main protagonist of the regulatory dialogue in the region has deeply pursued these goals.

Mrs. Henrike Trautmann, Head of Regional Programs Neighbourhood South from the European Commission stated that “regional dialogue is the raison d’être for EU policy support”, underlying the “vital role of MEDREG as a technical and functional cooperation platform that manages to overcome the political differences affecting the region”.The future of energy cooperation in the Mediterranean is inextricably linked to the combination of renewable energy and gas. The engineering and regulatory synergies between these two sectors are fundamental for the journey of the energy transition. This Forum focused on the role of renewable energy and gas sources in developing sound regional regulatory frameworks and reliable markets along with the ultimate goal of creating a functioning Mediterranean energy market.

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The speakers participating are:

  • Mr. Petrit Ahmeti

    President of the Albanian Regulator, Enti Rregullator I Energjise (ERE), Albania
  • Ms. Wijdan Al-Rabadi

    Deputy Chairman of Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC)
  • Ms. Houda Allal

    Director General of the Mediterranean Energy Observatory (OME)
  • Mrs. Cristina Portugal de Andrade

    President of the Portuguese Regulator ERSE
  • Mr. Stefano Besseghini

    President of the Italian Regulator, Autorità di Regolazione per Energia Reti Ambiente (ARERA), Italy
  • Mrs. Anne-Charlotte Bournoville

    Head of International Relations and Enlargement DG ENER - European Commission
  • Ms. Christine Chauvet

    Commissioner of the French Regulator, Commission de régulation de l’énergie (CRE), France
  • Mr. Abdelkader Choual

    President of the Algerian Energy Regulator Authority Commission de régulation de l'électricité et du gaz (CREG), Algeria.
  • Ms. Gülefşan Demirbaş

    MEDREG President (EMRA, Turkey)
  • Mr. Saltuk Duzyol

    Director, Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline
  • Mr. Fakir Hüseyin Erdoğan

    Advisor to the President of the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA)
  • Mr. Benoit Esnault

    Interconnections and European Affairs Department (Networks Directorate) at the National Regulatory Authority of France (CRE)
  • Mrs. Nina Grall-Edler

    Head of ECRB section at the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna
  • Mr. Ardian Hackaj

    Director Cooperation and Development at the Institute of Albania.
  • Mr. Ahemd Ibraheem

    Head of the Energy Sector, Energy and Climate Action Division, Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean
  • Mr. Luciano Mule Stagno

    Professor, Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Malta
  • Mr. Carlos Ruiz

    Associate Programme Officer at International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Laurent Théry

    Directeur international de GRTgaz
  • Mrs. Henrike Trautmann

    Head of Regional Programmes Neighbourhood South DG NEAR - European Commission
  • Mr. Jorge Vasconcelos

    Chairman of NEWES, Former President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and the Portuguese Regulator ERSE
  • Mr. Pedro Verdelho

    Commissioner of the Portuguese Regulator, Entidade Reguladora dos Serviços Energéticos (ERSE)
  • Ms. Jenny Winkler

    Competence Centre Energy Policy and Energy Markets, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

This event is open to journalists. For media participation and all interview opportunities, please contact:
Francesco Valezano | e: | m: +34 644 34 8685.