MED-EMIP - energy cooperation

A platform for energy policy dialogue and exchange of experiences, leading to enhanced Euro-Med cooperation, integration of the energy markets and improved security and sustainability

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria*, Tunisia, Turkey

Timeframe: 2007-2012

Budget: € 4.3 million (MEDA)

It aims at enhancing the integration of the energy markets in the Euro-Med region and promoting improved security and sustainability. It supports the transfer of knowledge on renewable energy related issues, encouraging its use in the Mediterranean Partner Countries.
The project MED-EMIP (Support for the Enhanced Integration and the Improved Security of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Market) is hosted in the same premises as the Cairo-based Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and has established a close collaboration with it. The Centre also receives direct support from Denmark and Germany.
What does it do?
The project is establishing a regional platform for energy policy dialogue and exchanges of experiences, secure energy supplies, diversify energy sources, and reduction of the environmental impact of energy-related activities.
It promotes energy sector reform in the Mediterranean Countries, with a shift towards sustainable and clean energy, facilitates dialogue in and among these countries to help them in achieving consistency, harmonization and convergence of their national energy policies and institutional and legislative frameworks, and stimulates technology transfer and market development.
It provides an internet-based information system including technical and management tools. Support to each Partner Country is based on the needs established during visits for meetings with the national authorities, in fields such as energy strategy formulation and legislative advice.


Actions in brief

  • Organises country visits to get updated information on the energy situation and related needs.
  • Offers demand-driven support to Partner Countries, based on their needs.
  • Assists in policy formulation, policy advice, counselling and other types of technical assistance.
  • Holds roundtables, seminars and brain storming sessions.
  • Disseminates information on best practices and technologies, for example on the need to slow down growth of electricity consumption, particularly from air-conditioning installations, and encouraging insulation, natural ventilation, bio-climatic design and solar thermal energy.
  • Creates a website with information, such as energy technology developments.

EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.
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