Some proposals for a new Euro-Mediterranean energy pact were discussed by two panels of international experts.
The panelists of the first roundtable, moderated by Clemente Gnarra, Business Development, Upstream Gas Division of the Enel Group, and dedicated to “Energy Transitions in the Southern Mediterranean: National and Regional Implications”, were: Marco Berti-Palazzi, International Relations Officer for South Mediterranean and Maghreb countries at the DG ENER of the European Commission, Tareq Emtairah, Executive Director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), and Ahmed Baroudi, General Director of the Société d’Investissements Energétiques. They stressed the importance of RES development and higher energy efficiency in North Africa, as a response to an increasing energy demand.
A second roundtable on “A New Euro-North Africa Energy Pact? Italy’s Point of View” was moderated by Nicolò Sartori, and saw the participation of Fabio Tambone, Head of External International Affairs of the Italian Energy and Water Regulator (AEEGSI) and General Coordinator of MEDREG, Giuseppe Montesano, Head of European Energy Policy and Analysis of the Enel Group, and Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General of RES4MED. The panelists discussed the role of Italy as a key player in the Mediterranean basin, the importance of a complementarity of the systems in terms of regulation, trade and interconnections, and the major role that renewable energy will play in the sustainable energy transition in the region.
Conclusions were delivered by Hon. Pierantonio Panzeri, Head of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Maghreb Countries and the Arab Maghreb Union. Panzeri stressed the need to create a Euro-Mediterranean partnership to promote the development of renewable energy by 2020, while fostering a common policy to manage energy resources, with the dual objective of ensuring the security of energy supplies and progressively harmonizing the legislative framework of the countries of the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean with their European counterparts.