The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) launched, in November 2015, the Mediterranean Forum on Electricity and Climate Change, a permanent discussion platform among countries, international organisations, regulators and electricity companies, and organised a first regional workshop entitled ‘From COP21 to COP22: Renewables and Mediterranean Integration’ (Tunis, 27th May 2016).
The CMI was also actively involved in the MEDCOP 21 (Marseille, June 2015), COP 21 (Paris, December 2015), MEDCOP 22 (Tangiers, July 2016), COP 22 (Marrakesh, November 2016) and the Union for the Mediterranean Energy Ministerial Meeting (Rome, December 2016).
One of the key messages that emerged from these events is that Mediterranean integration improves power system flexibility, and therefore enables a higher penetration of renewable energy into the power systems of interconnected countries and that coordination, cooperation and integration are essential to support the development of the vast renewable potential of the South, in support of the implementation of the Paris Agreement. When the CMI conducted consultation on its 2017 work program, priority was given to the organization of an event that would explain the EU ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package to Southern Mediterranean countries.
On 30 November 2016, the European Commission published its long anticipated ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package, more commonly referred to as the ‘Winter Package’, consisting of numerous legislative proposals together with accompanying documents, aimed at further completing the internal market for electricity and implementing the Energy Union.
The Package may have important implications for the Southern countries, given they are endowed with a vast solar energy potential that can be developed, not only to serve their home market, but also to competitively supply European markets that have ambitious CO2 reduction objectives.
The objectives of the event are to educate the Mediterranean countries on the EU ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package and improve their understanding of its implications for the development of renewable energy in Southern Mediterranean countries.
The event provides a concise presentation of the different documents comprising the EU ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package, notably the proposed RES Directive and the proposal for a new electricity regulation, so that stakeholders in Southern Mediterranean countries can take part in shaping the final forms of the Directives and Regulations, in order to fully reflect the benefits of Mediterranean integration
Session 1: Setting the Stage: Round Table on the Creation of an Integrated Mediterranean Energy Market
Session 2: The EU ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package
Session 3: General Discussion on Implications of the EU ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package for Southern Mediterranean Countries