PAM Conference launches METSO – the new Mediterranean Energy Association

PAM Conference launches METSO –  the new Mediterranean Energy Association
The Association of the Mediterranean Transport System Operators (METSO) was launched in Naples, Italy, on the occasion of the international high-level conference on “Mediterranean energy Highways: an urgent need”, organized by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) on 17 November 2011.
The aim of METSO is to facilitate the dialogue and cooperation between the Transport System Operators and the Institutions in order to promote a coordinated and proactive development of the electricity grids and of the Mediterranean connections.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, through its Energy group, within the PAM Panel on External Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean, has taken a leading regional role, in gathering the major stakeholders of the energy sector in order to facilitate the consolidation of a stable, harmonized regulation plan that can guarantee a sustainable development in all the Mediterranean countries.
The METSO project was set up with the assistance of TERNA SpA, the Italian TSO, the Algerian electric company SONELGAZ and the Tunisian electric company STEG, and MEDREG. PAM recognizes the strategic role played by the Association of Mediterranean Regulators for Electricity and Gas (MEDREG) in the promotion of METSO. MEDREG, an Observer to the Assembly, is a PAM key partner on energy related issues. PAM considers the cooperation MEDREG and METSO as a preferential channel for future collaboration between energy stakeholders and parlamentarians in the region.
At the Naples PAM Conference, participants were addressed by, among others, key-speakers from national parliaments, government institutions and regional/international organisations, and national Operators from Algeria, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, as well as the UN, the EU Commission, MEDREG, ENTSO-E, TERNA SpA, EBDR, the World Bank, and INFRAMED.
The Naples PAM Energy Meeting dedicated its discussions to the “Integration of the electricity networks and of the gas networks in the Mediterranean”, and also tackled issues of coordination and cooperation among all the relevant parties involved in the energy sector of the PAM region.
The next sectoral meeting of the PAM Panel will deal with Financial Instruments and Investments in the Mediterranean, and will be held in France in March 2012.
ISSUED ON 18.11.2011
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