EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IN EGYPT Speaking Points of Ms Raffaella Iodice de Wolff First Counsellor – Head of Operation Sector Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency RCREEE Draft Version, 28 January 2009Speaking points: • Your Excellency Dr. Hassan Younes, Excellencies, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, • I am very pleased to be on this podium today to attend the founding Assembly of the Board of Trustees of the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. • In our view the taking up of activity of this Center is a timely event. It happens against the background of the necessity to develop new, cleaner energy sources and to save more and more energy. • Recognising this necessity European and Meaditerranean Leaders have put the Mediterranean Solar Plan as a priority for regional cooperation on their agenda. A point to which I will refer later. • An active Center also allows us to tighten the Euro-Mediterranean links in order to satisfy the energy demand around the Mediterranean in an efficient, harmonious and mutually advantageous manner. • Before detailing the EC Support, allow me your Excellency, to underline the excellent level of cooperation between the Ministry of Electricity and Energy and the three development partners.
• In our view this project is an excellent example of donor coordination along the needs of beneficiary countries, and sharing responsibilities in an efficient and effective way.• While the support of both GTZ and DANIDA to RCREEE will be from the operational side to get the Centre up and running, the support of the EC is following the demand-driven approach.• Demand-driven approach means that the beneficiary countries themselves will define the projects which the Centre will implement. This will ensure a high level of ownership of the projects and hence build the sustainability of this Center from its early beginning.• In operational terms, this demand-driven approach will be carried out through two regional EC initiatives which the Centre will not only host, but also coordinate parts of them.• The first initiative is the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation for Energy Market Integration (Euro-Med EMIP) which amounts to € 4.06 million. This initiative is supporting several thematic areas such as: 1. Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency policies 2. Public-Private-Partnership for Renewable Energy (RE) & Energy Efficiency (EE) 3. RE & EE research and technology policies and programmes• MED-EMIP will play a catalytic role to reinforce the EU- Mediterranean Partner Countries energy cooperation with particular emphasis on securing energy supply, promoting sustainable development and giving a boost to the regional integration process.• The second initiative is the second phase of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the field of Energy Efficiency (Euro-Med ENEC II) for € 5.0 million.• MED ENEC II has four key activities: (1) raising awareness of the potential and the feasibility of EE measures; (2) disseminating information on best practices, (3) negotiating agreements with public bodies with the aim of developing EE schemes; (4) building the necessary auditing, accreditation or installation capacities to support these undertakings
• With the foreseen regional role of the Centre this initiative will speed up the development of the regional expansion of implementing various Energy Efficiency applications, especially in the construction sector and related industries.• It is important to highlight the fact that complementarities regarding policy dialogue between these two regional initiatives will be strengthened by the Centre and accordingly will streamline Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency policies throughout the entire region.• Moreover, the European Commission is providing support to the Centre through the establishment of a state-of-the-art Management Information System (MIS) in order to permanently connect the Centre with similar European Institutions like UNEP-RISO of Denmark, DLR of Germany and BAS of Spain.• The sequencing of the provision of this support is to go hand in hand with the start-up of operating of the Center as well as the provision of support by the other donors.• Another potential avenue of cooperation and a key topic for the Center to tackle refers to the recently launched Euro-MED Solar plan as mentioned before.• I’m pleased to inform that the EC has just launched a technical assistance mission to identify together with the Centre how the Euro-MED Solar Plan will be implemented.• Finally, the Commission would like the Center to benefit from its Research & Development financial instrument FP7. € 2.35 billion, were allocated to fund research as regards energy for the period 2007-13.• Mediterranean countries are eligible to participate in the competition for these resources. In the framework of this programme and in line with activities to be performed by RECREE, renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors are considered as top priorities.• Let me finish by expressing our fondness that this Centre is now fully endorsed. 10 MENA Partner Countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria) are
represented as we can see from the number of participants attending today.• Under such high level auspices, we have no doubt that the Regional Centre will give rise to fruitful exchanges and at the same time highlight issues and opportunities and to open avenues for cooperation.• With its operation we should get deep insight on how to proceed putting in motion a sustainable development policy in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.• Finally, let me wish the Center great success. Given its importance in the area of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency within the Euro- Mediterranean partnership the European Commission stands ready to support it actively within the first years of its operation.