In the framework of the tragic conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the issues of energy security and competitiveness of supplies, two dimensions historically under the lens of national energy strategies, are even more on the top of energy agenda of the European Union’s Member States.
The Mediterranean Basin presents great energy opportunities that can help build a strategic response to the worrying trends of international relations. The Mediterranean has unexpressed potential both with reference to traditional energies, and to more innovative sources and technologies such as renewable sources and solutions for the production / use of hydrogen.
Under this light, energy cooperation in the Basin is regaining priority starting from the ever-increasing development of the interconnections of electricity and gas networks between the European and North African shores, as well as in cooperation on policies and regulation that must accompany inclusion in energy mixes of countries of the Mediterranean Basin of energy carriers and increasingly sustainable production / consumption models.
Starting from this framework, WEC Italy – Italian National Committee of the World Energy Council and OME – Observatoire Mediterraneen de l’Energie, organized the conference “Energy of the Mediterranean: opportunities to respond to the new international relations trends” continuing their cooperation to deepen the issues related to Euro-Mediterranean Transition process. The conference, organized in collaboration with Globe Italia and hosted by Edison, took place in Rome – Italy, on the 22 of June 2022 with simultaneous live streaming in English for the international audience.
The event aimed at stimulate debate among the WEC National Committees’ representatives of the Mediterranean region, OME members, Mediterranean region embassies’ representatives and Institutional and private sector stakeholders. The topics focused on the area potentialities and on the importance of energy cooperation to balance the three dimensions of the WEC Energy Trilemma (energy security, affordability and sustainability) in the Basin.
The Conference received the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and of Luiss School of Government of Rome.
The complete recording in original language (Italian/English) of the event is available on WEC Italy’s Youtube channel.