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European Commission launches Med-TSO to boost Mediterranean electricity systems

At a conference on “Multilateral cooperation for the integration of the Mediterranean electricity systems” held on 4 May, 2012 in Rome (Italy), the European Commission officially launched the cooperation platform of Mediterranean transmission system operators (Med-TSO).

According to an EC Energy Directorate communiqué, Med-TSO aims at the integration of a regional electricity market in the long term, by “coordinating the development plans and the operation of the grids in MED-TSO countries, encouraging the integration of their electricity systems and the implementation of common criteria and harmonized, transparent and non-discriminatory rules of access to and usage of grids.”

Med-TSO will serve as interlocutor for the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), and the Association of Mediterranean Regulators for Electricity and Gas (Medreg), as well as in initiatives, such as Desertec.

Members of Med-TSO are Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Montenegro, Albania, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, with Algeria currently presiding. Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Libya have also asked to join.