This month, CEER has sprung into action with our international activities. The feature article below focuses on CEER’s latest international project, thanks to the support of the European Commission, of providing short-term capacity-building for regulators in Africa. This initiative is great for enhanced regional collaboration, for exchanging best practices and is a new step in CEER’s capacity-building efforts.
CEER-RAERESA delegation meeting with Energy Director General, Mr Ristori
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Feature: Strengthening regulatory collaboration between Europe and Africa
CEER is where national energy national regulatory authorities (NRAs) in Europe go to be trained on the day-to-day business of being an energy regulator, and where they collaborate, and develop regulatory best practices in consumer interests. With our wealth of regulatory experts across Europe, CEER is committed to sharing our experiences with, and learning from, regulators outside of the energy sector and with energy regulators from around the world. This year, we are stepping-up our support to fellow energy regulators in Africa, providing them with capacity-building and training opportunities.
Strengthening support to energy regulators from Africa
With the support of the European Commission’s European Development Fund, this week, CEER was delighted to welcome a delegation of CEOs and Directors from the energy regulatory authorities of 9 African countries to discuss a range of regulatory issues. Besides meetings with NRA experts from Europe, this week-long study tour to Brussels also includes participation in a specialised CEER training courses on wholesale and retail market monitoring, visits to the European Parliament and meetings with experts from CORESO (a regional operational coordination centre of electricity transmission system operators), the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET), and high-level officials from the European Commission (DG ENER and DG DEVCO) including the Director General of Energy, Mr Ristori.
The Energy Union and the new Clean Energy Package framework, wholesale electricity market integration, renewables, empowering consumers, infrastructure access, energy poverty, and digitalisation of the energy sector were some of the energy topics of discussion between Europe and Africa this week.
This study tour is the first of a series of activities under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between CEER and the Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA) signed in January 2019. The main objective is to facilitate capacity-building within the core competencies of energy regulation, exchanging knowledge and experiences on issues such as independent regulation and market liberalisation models, guidelines for power trading, market rules, as well as monitoring and enforcement modalities. Such capacity-building offered by leveraging the expertise of CEER’s network of regulators may take the form of twining arrangements, best practice sharing, peer reviews, short-term training courses, workshops or study visits.
Where else does CEER work?
CEER has a long history of regulatory cooperation with the regulators from the Energy Community (ECRB), ERRA, MEDREG and the 6 countries of the Eastern Partnership, in support of Europe’s external energy policy objectives. In December 2018, we signed a cooperation agreement with the ECRB and MEDREG that will further strengthen regulatory cooperation between these 3 energy regulatory associations. Beyond our neighbours, we also regularly have bilateral meetings with fellow regulators from the Americas.
In addition, CEER actively participates in the work of the International Confederation of Energy Regulation (ICER). CEER also provide capacity building for regulators (within and outside of Europe) in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Some of our upcoming CEER international events include:
- 18 March 2019, Brussels: 14th EU-US regulatory roundtable
- 19 March 2019, Brussels: 2nd CEER-NARUC International Forum on Digitalisation and Cybersecurity. Please register here.
- 9 May 2019, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 7th CEER-ARIAE roundtable
- 21 - 22 May 2019, Minsk: 8th edition of our annual joint CEER-European Commission Eastern Partnership workshop for regulators. This year’s theme is digitalisation in the energy sector.