Representatives of the Energy Community Secretariat and the association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators, Med-TSO, reflected on possible opportunities for tightening cooperation between the countries of the Energy Community and the Mediterranean region at a meeting held at the Secretariat’s premises in Wien, last Thursday 13 September. “Having common members, common infrastructure and the common target of creating a well-connected regional electricity market does not only give us a basis but calls on us to closely cooperate”, Director Kopač underlined.
The two institutions identified a set of topics of common interest that will be in the focus of enhanced cooperation, including transparency, coordination between distribution and transmission system operators and regional infrastructure development. Existing Energy Community platforms, such as PLIMA or ECDSO-E can serve as a starting point for including Mediterranean countries in data collection, transparency and system operator cooperation.
Discussions also carved out that the introduction of a common set of legal rules would support the development of electricity markets in the Mediterranean countries. “The Energy Community can serve as a model for us: it proves that fixing a set of common obligations facilitates the development of integrated electricity markets”, Angelo Ferrante, Secretary General of Med-TSO emphasised.
With the newly established cooperation with Med-TSO, the Energy Community further strengthens its joint activities with the Mediterranean partners, which already covers close cooperation with the association of Mediterranean energy regulators, MEDREG.