Rome, in the heart of the euro-mediterranean energy strategy

Rome and the mediterranean basin

Because of its location, Rome has always been central in the mediterranean partnership process.

March the 25th 1957, the Rome treaty established the principles of the European Union, creating the European Economic Community.

The 8th of April 1957, the « Club of Rome », from the first meeting happened in Rome,  was launched by an italian and a scotsman. They brought together scientists, economists, government officials and busisnessmen from 53 countries. The purpose was to think about development alternatives for the world, kind of substainable development presages.

Rome seemed to be the right place settle the future institutions linking Europe with its mediterranean neighbours on environmental development issues.

In 1995, the Barcelona Convention set up a total euro-mediterranean parternish with the member countries of the European Union and the 12 countries of the southern Mediterranean. It’s also established an action plan for the Mediterranean (PAM).

That plan was a crucial step to strenghten the EU and Mediterranean countries cooperation. As a matter of fact, several organisazions saw the light at that time.

The REMET, the Mediterranean Energy office, was opened the 4th of october in Rome. It aims at catalysing and making easier investments, in Mediterranean, in the energy industry especially in gas and electricity.

In may 2006, the MEDREG, Mediterranean Energy Regulators, was launched in Rome. Its missions consist on establishing a modern and efficient energy regulation setting  for the mediterranean member countries. Initially based in Rome, its secretariat moved to Milan.

In coherence with Johannesburg summit establishments and the millenium goals, a substainable development strategy for Mediterranean was worked out.

It reminds, how the collobaration between the Mediterranean Renewable Energy Programme (MEDREP), REMEP and the euro-mediterranean energy plan is crucial.

Rome will match european know-how in energy management with the natural resources of southern Mediterranean

We should keep in mind that European Union depends on southern Mediterranean suppliers up to 36% for gas and that 86% of southern Mediterranean suppliers gas exports go to Europe.

Throught this huge plan for energy supply within the euro-mediterranean region, Rome seems to playing a central role again.

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