Hosted by Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Carlo Calenda, Minister of Economic Development in Rome on 1 December 2016, the Ministerial meeting agreed to step up regional cooperation on energy in the Mediterranean region and approved the work programmes of the 3 Energy Platforms, namely the UfM Regional Electricity Market Platform (UfM REM Platform), the UfM Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Platform (UfM REEE Platform) and the UfM Gas Platform. An OME delegation led by OME Chairman attended the event.
In his intervention, Chairman Bruno Lescoeur underlined that OME by its nature, represents the energy industry in the Mediterranean region. OME members have interest in the 3 Platforms since OME is dealing with all energies; all range of energies are indeed important to OME. He also highlighted that in addition to the role of Secretariat of the Gas Platform, which OME is very glad to play, the organization can and is willing to give valuable inputs in the 3 platforms and in cooperation with all platforms members.
The UfM Gas Platform aims at establishing a regional structured dialogue allowing the gradual development of a Euro-Mediterranean gas market to promote security, transparency and predictability of both demand and supply in a manner that correctly and fairly balances the interests of producing and consuming countries and provides the basis for the long-term secure development of the abundant resources in the region.
The UfM Regional Electricity Market Platform aims at the progressive integration of energy systems and energy markets in the UfM region and, in particular, at the enhancement of electricity exchanges and interconnections, in order to achieve a secure, affordable and sustainable electricity supply for the benefit of citizens and economies in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
The UfM Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Platform aims at promoting the progressive deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, in order to foster socio-economic development, contribute to ensuring that all citizens and businesses of the region have access to secure, affordable and reliable modern energy services, and support mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the Euro-Mediterranean region.