Brussels – The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament organized a Public Hearing on “Renewable Energy in the MEDA Region. How can EU and non-EU MEDA countries join forces?”, about the continuing developments in renewable energy in the MEDA region, held in Brussels on 16 June 2011.
Ongoing discussions were held on the progress and pitfalls of plans to integrate the Mediterranean region as one energy block for the future prosperity of European, North African and Middle Eastern populations. During the hearing, panelists presented their views on the continuing development of renewable energy systems in the MEDA region towards the goal of energy security and sustainability. Issues covered specifically were the DESERTEC project, electric grid modernization, and growing financing needs.
Marc Strauss, Senior Advisor for the Energy Division of the Union for the Mediterranean, was invited to speak about the Mediterranean Solar Plan during the first part of the hearing.
The Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP) is a flagship UfM initiative aiming at promoting renewable energies and energy efficiency in UfM countries. One key target is the deployment of an additional 20 GW of renewable energy capacities by 2020.