The official kick-off meeting of the Know How Exchange Programme (KEP) project “CEI Central European Initiative – Strengthening Energy Regulatory Authorities in the Western Balkans” took place in Rome on 25 January at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The KEP project financed by the CEI fund at the EBRD will be implemented by the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (ARERA) – with the support of I-COM (Institute for Competitiveness) and in coordination with the Italian Market Operator (Gme) and the Italian TSO (Terna).

The meeting was attended by all project partners together with representatives of the energy regulators of Albania (Ere), Montenegro (Rae) and Serbia (Aers), European institutions (EU Commission and Energy Community), Ministries, Embassies, TSOs and Power Exchanges of the countries involved and the Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (Medreg).

The project focused on transferring to the National Regulatory Authorities of Albania, Montenegro and Serbia the know-how on market coupling initiatives among EU members has the ultimate aim to promote the creation of a Balkan regional electricity market integrated into the European one. During 2018, four technical seminars are envisaged to take place; the first one took place in Rome on 26 January.

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