EU and South and East Mediterranean partners step-up energy relations

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, and the Moroccan Minister for Energy, Abdelkader Amara, have today unveiled three new Euro-Mediterranean platforms on gas, the regional electricity market, and renewables and energy efficiency.

“Our regions often have to face similar energy challenges. We need to work together to create common solutions. These three platforms represent a true challenge, but I am confident that with the participation and engagement of all our partners they will be a success,” Arias Cañete said.

The platforms will facilitate partnerships between stakeholders and strengthen cooperation between the countries of the Union for the Mediterranean.

On gas, the cooperation platform will discuss how to develop gas production in North Africa and eastern Mediterranean countries for their domestic markets and for export to the EU. It will also debate regulatory, financing and infrastructure issues, such as new pipelines and LNG facilities in order to create a Mediterranean gas hub.

The regional electricity market platform will centre on gradually removing technical, regulatory, and infrastructure barriers to the free trade of electricity across international borders. Trading electricity freely in the Mediterranean region would boost energy security by diversifying supply and increase competition between power generators.

On renewable energy and energy efficiency, the platform will analyse how to promote the right regulatory frameworks and markets to encourage investments in renewables and energy efficient practices. It will also exchange best practices in areas including measuring energy efficiency, developing national energy efficiency plans, enforcing energy codes for buildings and defining minimum energy performance standards for appliances.