FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2012 .073

The Energy Sector in Mediterranean and MENA Countries


Authors: Marcella Nicolini, Simona Porcheri
Series: Energy: Resources and Markets
Editor: Giuseppe Sammarco
Type: Book
Keywords: Energy, Mediterranean Countries, MENA Countries, Subsidies
JEL n.: Q42, Q43, Q48
JEL: in “The Economic and Political Aftermath of the Arab Spring: Perspectives from Middle East and North African Countries” C. Altomonte and M. Ferrara (Eds.)
Published in: Edward Elgar Publishing

Abstract

This paper describes the energy sector in the Mediterranean and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries. It first analyses the production of energy by fossil and renewable sources and discusses the increasing demand in the area and its consequences. It describes the policy frameworks to promote renewable energy as well as fossil-fuel subsidies, which are still abundant in the MENA area. It presents some avenues for integration across the Mediterranean and finally it discusses the implications of the Arab spring on energy production in the next future.

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