How WAREG works

WAREG’s Headquarters and Secretariat are based in Milan (Italy), hosted by the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy Networks and Environment (ARERA).

WAREG’s institutional office is hosted by the Brussels Energy Regulatory Commission (BRUGEL) in Belgium.


The Assembly consists of one high level representative of the management of each Member. The Assembly has the responsibility to take decisions and to define the strategic lines of organisational and operational activities of WAREG, including the definition of priority activities, external communication and internal organisation. It is agreed that, under ordinary circumstances, the Assembly meets at least four times per year. Any further extraordinary meetings of the Assembly may be called by any Member.

The main competencies of the Assembly are the following:

  • takes decisions and sets out the strategic agenda of WAREG, consistent with the Annual Action Plan;
  • approves or amends the WAREG annual Work Programmes and Action Plans;
  • approves new Members and Observers and/or accepts their resignations;
  • approves protocols and agreements with external bodies and organisations;
  • decides on the establishment and termination of any WAREG bodies;
  • elects the President and Vice-President of WAREG;
  • endorses the nomination of Working Groups’ Chairs or Co-Chairs;
  • endorses reports and studies drawn up by Working Groups and by the Secretariat, as well as their publications for external communication;
  • approves WAREG’s official position on any issue considered relevant to the scope of WAREG;
  • determines, approves and modifies the Internal Rules of Association as well as any other budgetary, operative and organisational rules so established;
  • approves formal joint communications;
  • dissolves WAREG.

The President

The President is responsible for representing WAREG in any meetings, conferences, seminars or workshops held with external organisations. He/She works within the scope of, and in accordance with, the decisions taken and directions given by the Assembly. He/She submits regular reports on the activities carried out by the Presidency to the Assembly.

The President and the Vice-Presidents are nominated from amongst high level representatives of WAREG Members for a term of two years, which may be renewed. Their mandates are assigned to the institution (regulatory entity) which they represent.

Andrea Guerrini

Andrea Guerrini

Commissioner, ARERA, Italy
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The Vice-Presidents

The Vice-presidents support the President in his/her responsibilities, and substitute him/her in cases of the President’s absence. They coordinate with the Working Group Chairs, the Secretariat and all Members in order to propose common actions for consideration by the Assembly.

The President and the Vice-Presidents are nominated from amongst high level representatives of WAREG Members for a term of two years, which may be renewed. Their mandates are assigned to the institution (regulatory entity) which they represent.

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Szilvia Szalóki

Vice President, HEA, Hungary
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Ivaylo Kastchiev

Director Water and Sanitation Services, EWRC, Bulgaria
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Ndriçim Shani

Chair, ERRU, Albania
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The Executive Advisor to the Board

Fabio Tambone

Head of External International Relations, ARERA, Italy
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The responsibility of the Secretariat is to support all WAREG bodies. All WAREG Members may participate at Secretariat meetings. The Secretariat has the power to decide on its internal organisational structure and allocation of roles and responsibilities in order to carry out its activities.

The Secretariat:

  • ensures the coordination of WAREG activities;
  • coordinates the organisation of meetings of all WAREG bodies, including drafting the agenda and minutes, and prepares and circulates documents;
  • moderates Assembly meetings;
  • coordinates the interaction between the several bodies of WAREG;
  • drafts the WAREG annual work programme in coordination with the Working Groups’ Co-Chairs;
  • manages internal communication among WAREG Members;
  • prepares WAREG documents to be presented to the Assembly;
  • prepares common positions to external organisations as may be approved by the Assembly;
  • executes any other function that may be assigned to it by the Assembly

Members of the Secretariat are:

Christian Minelli

Head of the Secretariat
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Ramon Domènech Aldomà

EU Regulatory Affairs Manager
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Vittorio Graziano

Web Content Manager
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Fjola Beqiri

Regulatory Specialist
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Task Forces

WAREG activated three Task Forces. They collect and review information and also carry out research and analysis on the water and wastewater sector.


Working Group – KPIs 

The Task Force KPIs & Benchmarking started its activities in the aftermath of the 7th General Assembly, where it has been decided to start to analyse a selection of KPIs in use by WAREG Members and international databases related to the concept of “water efficiency”. Through questionnaires and data sharing between our Members, TF KPIs & Benchmarking drafterd official report,

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TF – EU Legislation

The Task Force EU Legislation analyses the potential impact that EU legislation and policy have on WAREG Members and Observers. TF EU Legislation monitors all relevant legislative developments at the EU level, such as the implementation, review and transposition of relevant EU Directives and Regulations, for instance the ongoing revision of the UWWTD, the effects of the EU Taxonomy Regulation and its delegated acts and the transposition of the Drinking Water Directive.

TF – Governance

The Task Force Governance gathers data from our Members and Observers and analyses the answers to questionnaires drafting a general picture of the variety of WAREG regulators. Its strategic goal is to use WAREG’s data to analyse differences, correlations, and relationships between regulation models, analyse accountability, functionality, and effectiveness of regulation and make conclusions and propositions on possible EU regulation changes.