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.

Assembly

The Assembly is made up of one senior manager from each Member. It decides and guides WAREG’s strategic and operational activities, such as priorities, communication and organisation. It meets at least four times a year or more if needed.

The Assembly’s main tasks are to:

  • decide and plan WAREG’s strategy and actions;
  • approve new or resigning Members and Observers;
  • approve agreements with external parties and organisations;
  • create or close any WAREG bodies;
  • elect the President and Vice-President of WAREG;
  • endorse the work of Working Groups and Secretariat, and their publications;
  • approve WAREG’s official stance on relevant issues;
  • set and change the rules for association, budget, operation and organisation;
  • approve joint communications;

The President

The President represents WAREG in external events and follows the Assembly’s decisions and directions, and reports regularly to the Assembly on the Presidency’s activities.

The President and Vice-Presidents are high level representatives of WAREG Members. They serve for two years and can be re-elected. Their mandates belong to the regulatory entity 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.

Pál Ságvári

Vice President, MEKH, Hungary
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Ivaylo Kastchiev

Director Water and Sanitation Services, EWRC, Bulgaria
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Vera Eiró

Chair, ERSAR, Portugal
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The Executive Advisor to the Board

Fabio Tambone

Head of External International Relations, ARERA, Italy
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Secretariat

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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Fjola Beqiri

Regulatory Specialist
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Vittorio Graziano

Communications Officer
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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.

ACTIVE WORKING GROUPS & TASKFORCES 

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.