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Multilateral cooperation in the Mediterranean region: Med-TSO's Secretary General at WTO & PAM conference in Belgrade

Multilateral cooperation in the Mediterranean region: Med-TSO's Secretary General at WTO & PAM conference in Belgrade

On 12 and 13 July, the Secretary General of Med-TSO, Angelo Ferrante, was in Belgrade, Serbia, to participate to the meeting on “Trade facilitation and Investments in the Western Balkans”, organized jointly by the World Trade Organization and by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, held at National Assembly of Serbia. The two-day meeting was focused on the Euro Mediterranean economic-political convergence processes and on the improvement of Trade and Investments flows in the Euro-Mediterranean region through WTO Rules and negotiations.

During the session “The regional economic integration in the Western Balkans Area”, held on 13 July, the Secretary General intervened on multilateral cooperation in the Mediterranean region, highlighting that transmission infrastructures are essential for the market and, as also recalled by the European Union, energy infrastructures are at the forefront of the effort for promoting a more resource-efficient, more sustainable and more competitive economy. Where an electricity market already exists, as in many Balkans countries, it is necessary to guarantee adequate liquidity to the market for achieving the efficient utilization of existing and envisaged interconnections.

In the Mediterranean, he added, the development of interconnections is essential for meeting the increasing electricity demand of Southern and Eastern Countries and favor the expected huge RES development programs.
The just completed Mediterranean Project is a good example of multilateral coordination among the Mediterranean TSOs, aiming at defining a shared framework made of rules, guidelines, methodologies and scenarios capable to foster investments in the region and favor its integration. The new Mediterranean Project 2, launched on 1 June with the support of the European Union, will consolidate and, to some extent, enlarge the perimeter of Med-TSO activities and give additional impulse to the Mediterranean integration process.




Med-TSO at RES4MED&Africa conference in Tunis

President of Med-TSO, M. Harrabi during his speech at Italian Embassy in Tunis

Med-TSO at RES4MED&Africa conference in Tunis

The President of Med-TSO Moncef Harrabi and the Secretary General Angelo Ferrante took part to the conference “Renewables and infrastructure for the clean energy transition of Tunisia: The Italian journey on the renewable energies: Excellency and Best Practices”, organized in Tunis by the Italian Embassy and RES4MED&Africa, last 27 June.

The conference focused on the Italian Excellency and the best practices in the renewable energy sector, and it covered many aspects of the renewable energy (RE) sector, such as large and medium scale RE plants, competitive auctions mechanisms, job creation and local content generated by the RE industry, technology innovation, transmission infrastructures, policies and regulations, and presented some case studies.

Harrabi, also CEO of STEG, during his keynote speech affirmed: “We strongly believe that the development of electricity transmission infrastructure in the Mediterranean region is strategic to accompany the growth of energy production in progress”.
During his speech, he recalled the electricity interconnection project between Tunisia and Italy, to be developed by the two Med-TSO Members Terna (Italy) and STEG (Tunisia) .This project is fundamental for allowing energy exchanges between the north and south shores of the Mediterranean region and, as President Harrabi highlighted, it has been recently included in the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) published by the European Union.

The status of the TUN-ITA interconnection project was also presented by Mr. Belhassen Chiboub, Co-Chairman of Elmed Etudes (joint venture between STEG and TERNA) and Director of the IPP department of the Tunisian Ministry of Energy Mining and Renewables.




A new grant from the European Commission to Med-TSO

President of Med-TSO, M. Harrabi (right) and the Secretary General A. Ferrante (left)

A new grant from the European Commission to Med-TSO

The Directorate-General European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission signed a new two-year grant contract to fund Med-TSO’s Mediterranean Project II.

The project is the natural continuation and extension of the first Mediterranean Project, officially closed last 30 April. These next two years will see the experts coming from the 21 Mediterranean Med-TSO members working on six main tasks: planning and infrastructures; regulation and rules; scenarios adequacy and market studies; grid and markets integrations; operation; training and knowledge sharing.

The President of Med-TSO, Moncef Harrabi (CEO of STEG), claimed: “The three years of the challenging experience of Mediterranean Project have brought us to a second stage: the Mediterranean Project II, an even harder challenge for Med-TSO, because, besides the consolidation of the outcomes of the first project in terms of Planning, Rules, Interconnections, Market Studies and Knowledge Sharing, is going to include the complex activities of the Operation.
With this new project, we continue in the effort to build a power bridge between the two shores of the Mediterranean, as it is the key for the security and the sustainable development of the Mediterranean countries”.

This grant is really important for Med-TSO: once more, we were recognized for the high value of our activities and for the prominent role that our Association is playing - and I hope it will play ever more in the future - in the Mediterranean energy context and beyond. I would like to thank our members for the hard work carried out by the companies and for the continuous support given to Med-TSO and its Secretariat” stated Angelo Ferrante, Secretary General of Med-TSO.

The activities of the Mediterranean Project II have started on 1 June 2018 and the first events already scheduled are a Workshop on Scenarios Building in Istanbul on 27-28 June and two Technical Meetings on 11-12 July in Rome.





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Security and Socio – economic Development in the Mediterranean strongly depend on energy and on the possibility to develop an integrated regional energy market. Energy infrastructures are key for achieving this goal, especially for what concerns the development of a reliable, secure and sustainable transmission network, capable to interconnect the countries and allow exchange of electricity and integration of new generation sources, in primis from RES.Based on multilateral cooperation as a strategical approach to regional development for facilitating the integration of the Mediterranean Power Systems, Med-TSO has received a three-year lasting grant from the EU Commission (DG NEAR) to carry out the so called “Mediterranean Project” (Feb 2015 – Jan 2018). The Project aims at the progressive harmonization and strengthening of the electricity markets in the Mediterranean region, following a bottom-up approach and direct involvement of Med-TSO Members, through the following activity lines: ...
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