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KEP Project increases capacity of water regulators in Western Balkans

On 27 February, the partners of the CEI Know-how Exchange Programme (KEP) project titled Assessing the effectiveness and affordability of tariff-setting methodologies in covering drinking water and wastewater services costs in the Western Balkans gathered in Brussels to present the results achieved in the framework of this capacity building action.

The project led by the European Association of Public Authorities (WAREG) involved the national water regulators of Albania (Water Regulatory Authority of Albania – WRA), Montenegro (Energy and Water Regulatory Agency of Montenegro – REGAGEN) and North Macedonia (Energy and Water Services Regulatory Commission of the Republic of North Macedonia – EWSRC).

Notably, the targeted countries face challenges in water sector implementation, including outdated infrastructure, insufficient wastewater treatment, and monopolistic economic structures. Recognising the pivotal role of water regulators in ensuring fair access to water services, the project emphasised the importance of stable regulations and tariff mechanisms.


In this framework, the main aim of the project was to support the adoption of EU water directives and increase the effectiveness of their tariff-setting competencies and. 

By fostering collaboration and sharing best practices, the initiative sought to enhance regulatory capacity and encourage investment in sustainable water management practices. Moreover, the project marked a milestone in regional cooperation among water regulators, paving the way for future collaborations and opportunities for EU funding to bolster water sector regulation in the Western Balkans.

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