Course description

Student testimonial from previous training:

by Dragana Bjelobrkovic Vukcevic, Montenegro Energy Regulatory Agency


Course Objective:

The course features 5 days dedicated to the core responsibilities and activities of water utility regulatory authorities with regard to the oversight of the regulated utilities, principles and practices of tariff setting, performance benchmarking, and new developments in the regulation of the sector.

Participants will gain knowledge on key economic concepts guiding the operation of the sector, the challenges faced by sector participants including the wider problems of water management, and the role of the regulator and regulatory models including best practices. A core theme of the course is tariff setting and approval by the regulator: theoretical lessons will be supplemented by case study examples and a tariff setting exercise. Sufficient time will also be dedicated to the role of performance benchmarking in regulation.

Design of the Course:

Instructors of the course are a mix of utility regulators and researchers. The course is designed to assure the utmost transfer of practices and information from experienced regulators to course participants. This characteristic allows ERRA to design training courses that focus equally on practical application and theoretical methodology and include the transfer of relevant direct experience. In addition to the formal classes presented by the instructors, the course will feature weekly assignment, practical exercises, simulations, participant case studies and a final test.

Target Audience:

The course is available to practising water utility regulators and to non-regulators such as ministry and local government representatives, banking institutions, law and investment firms, consulting companies and regulated utility companies.


 


Course registration

ERRA Full Members EUR 1 130 + 27% VAT
ERRA Associate Members EUR 1 340 + 27% VAT
Non-Member Regulators EUR 1 550 + 27% VAT
Non-regulators EUR 2 075 + 27% VAT

Tuition fee includes: training materials, lunches and coffee breaks during the training course.

Accommodation cost for 5 nights will be added to the tuition fee in the amount of 380 EUR if you chose to stay at the training venue (European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB); http://www.eycb.coe.int). (In case participants wish to stay at a different location, please note that they will need to do their own hotel arrangements.)

Course location

Budapest

Hungary

European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB)
Address: 1-3 Zivatar Str., H-1024 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 438 1030 ǀ Fax +36 1 212 4076
E-mail: tni.e1553325013oc@ta1553325013irate1553325013rcesb1553325013cye1553325013
Web: www.eycb.coe.int

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Water Training 2019

Please note that ERRA is not in the position to provide participants with funds or assistance in finding the necessary funds regarding their participation fees and does not have sponsored places for the training. Thus, we kindly ask you to submit your registration only in case the funds to cover your participation, including tuition fee, travel, etc. are available for you and your participation is already approved by your delegating company.

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Water Utility Economics

9:30

Opening address and introductory round

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

09:45

Fundamentals of water utility economics

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

11:15

Coffee break with group photo

11:30

Setting the scene: the regulation of water vs. energy services

Ots, Märt

Chairman, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA);, Director General, Estonian Competition Authority, Estonia

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Case Study: Multi-sector regulation in Estonia

Ots, Märt

Chairman, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA);, Director General, Estonian Competition Authority, Estonia

14:30

Coffee break

15:00

Group work: Introducing the off-class teamwork assignment for the week

Participants will be grouped and requested to work on the exercise after the classes.
15:30

End of the day

Principles and institutions of water utility regulation

9:00

Principles of economic regulation in the water sector

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Exercise: Tariff setting

Kotek, Péter

Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Regulatory models: organisational and institutional options

Kerekes, Lajos

Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

14:30

Coffee break

15:00

Case study: The regulatory reform of Hungary

Szalóki, Szilvia

Vice-President for Public Services, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority, Hungary

16:00

End of the day

Tariff setting

9:00

Price regulation I: Tariff setting

Szabó, László

Director, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Case study: the Irish Water Utility Regulatory Reform

Brien, Laura

Director of Water And Compliance, Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), Ireland

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Price regulation II: Tariff structures

Törőcsik, Ágnes

Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

15:00

Coffee break

15:30

Case study: Tariff setting: Kosovo

Duraku, Vehbi

Analyst for assets and capital investments, Water Services Regulatory Authority, Kosovo

16:45

Off-class assignment consultation (optional)

17:30

End of the day

Performance benchmarking

9:00

Introduction to water utility benchmarking

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Case study: Performance monitoring in Portugal

Andrade, Isabel

Senior Water Regulation SpecialistPortugal

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Case study: European Benchmarking Cooperation

Dane, Peter

Managing Director, European Benchmarking Co-operation, The Netherlands

15:00

Coffee break

15:30

Benchmarking exercise

Andrade, Isabel

Senior Water Regulation SpecialistPortugal

16:30

End of the day

New developments and emerging issues in water utility regulation

9:00

Regulatory challenges in emerging countries

Allaoui, Moez

Director, SONEDE (National Water Distribution Utility), Republic of Tunisia

10:30

Coffe break

11:00

Water markets and water trading game

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

12:00

Final test

12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Group work: Presentation of teamwork assignments

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

14:30

Course evaluation, Group Photo, Signing the ERRA Alumni Book

15:00

End of the day

Course Director

Kis, András

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary


Instructors

Allaoui, Moez

Director, SONEDE (National Water Distribution Utility), Republic of Tunisia

Andrade, Isabel

Senior Water Regulation SpecialistPortugal

Brien, Laura

Director of Water And Compliance, Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), Ireland

Dane, Peter

Managing Director, European Benchmarking Co-operation, The Netherlands

Duraku, Vehbi

Analyst for assets and capital investments, Water Services Regulatory Authority, Kosovo

Kerekes, Lajos

Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Kotek, Péter

Senior Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Ots, Märt

Chairman, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA);, Director General, Estonian Competition Authority, Estonia

Szabó, László

Director, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Szalóki, Szilvia

Vice-President for Public Services, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority, Hungary

Törőcsik, Ágnes

Research Associate, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Please note that Training Materials are available only for registered participants and ERRA Members. Please LOGIN with your username and password.

Nr. Country First Name Last Name Organization Job Title
1Saudi ArabiaNaifAl-AmriElectricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA)Administration Senior Specialist, Consumer Care Department
2Saudi ArabiaMajeb Abdulrahman AlOdayaniAlOtaibiIndustrial Cities Development & Operating Company - ICDOCChief Executive Officer (CEO)
3HungaryMiklósBudaiHungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEA)Legal advisor
4JordanNayefHammadGIZComponent Manager
5HungaryTamásHegedüs Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory AuthorityEconomic analyst
6LesothoSelloane M. D.LetsunyaneLesotho Electricity and Water AuthorityEconomic Analyst
7GeorgiaGiviNadiradzeGeorgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC)Deputy Director of Water Supply Department
8VanuatuJohnObed AlileeVanuatu Utilities Regulatory AuthorityChief Executive Officer
9MacedoniaPajazitSheapiEnergy and water services Regulatory Commission of the Republic of North MacedoniaDeputy Head of Energy Markets Monitoring Department
10IrelandKarolinaSzumierzCommission for Regulation of UtilitiesGraduate Analyst (Water Division}
11MontenegroMilicaTomicMontenegro Energy Regulatory AgencyEconomic Analyst at Utility Services Regulation Department
12Cape VerdeleodemiloVieiraRegulatory Agency Multisectorial EconomyTechical Economic Regulation
13LatviaIngridaZazerskaPublic Utilities Commision of LatviaAnalyst of Economic Analysis Department

 

Venue/ Accommodation

European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB)
Address: Zivatar u. 1-3., H-1024 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 438 1030 ǀ Fax: +36 1 212 4076
E-mail: tni.e1553325013oc@ta1553325013irate1553325013rcesb1553325013cye1553325013
Web: www.eycb.coe.int

Tuition fee includes: training materials, lunches and coffee breaks during the training course.

Please be informed that 5 nights of accommodation at the course venue – European Youth Center (EYCB) can be added (check in on 24 March, check out on 29 March). Please note that EYCB has a dormitory type of accommodation, which means that there are no television and air conditioner in the rooms. Participants are accommodated in private rooms with private bathroom included. For more information please visit: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/eycb/Conf_facil/photos_en.asp. In case you need extra nights for your stay, a separate form will be sent to you with the confirmation letter. Single room rate is € 76/night+VAT (including breakfast).

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Visa

Please verify the visa requirements of Hungary by contacting the Hungarian Embassy in your country. The list of diplomatic missions is available here: http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-foreign-affairs-and-trade/missions. The list of countries whose citizens do not require visas to enter Hungary can be found at http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-waiver-agreements.

List of third countries, where a Schengen state issues visas on behalf of Hungary is available on this page: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-issuance-on-behalf-of-hungary.

In case you need an entry visa, please immediately contact the ERRA Secretariat! To prepare a visa invitation letter for you, please send us your passport copy. 


Airport Transfers/ Travel Information

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (formerly Ferihegy):

  • Located 16 kilometres (9,9 mi) east-southeast of the centre of Budapest
  • Central telephone number for information: +36 1 296 7000
  • http://www.bud.hu/english
  • The transfer time to/from the airport to the downtown is approximately 45-60 minutes (subject to traffic)

Shuttle bus

miniBUD (http://www.minibud.hu/) is the official airport shuttle service company providing fixed-priced transfer service between Budapest Airport – Budapest city center – Budapest Airport. The miniBUD airport shuttle service counters located on the arrivals level of Budapest Airport.

Rate to the EYCB:

  • one-way: HUF 3900 (approx. 12,5 EUR)
  • round trip: HUF 6900 (approx. 22 EUR)

Taxi from the Airport

There is an official airport taxi company (Főtaxi) available at the Arrival Hall of the Terminals. All Főtaxi cars are equipped with POS terminal, therefore passengers can pay with credit card as well. Reservations can be made in person at Főtaxi booths located at the exit at Terminal 2A and 2B. At the taxi rank in front of the stands taxis are parking continuously waiting for passengers.

Rates (for reference purposes only): around HUF 9300 (30 EUR) for one way.

Calling a Taxi in Budapest

Please find below the list of larger taxi companies in Budapest:

  • Citytaxi: +36 1 211 1111
  • Főtaxi: +36 1 222 2222
  • 6×6 Taxi: +36 1 666 6666

Public Transport

Budapest’s network of public transport services (BKK) includes buses, trolleybuses, trams, subway (Metró) and over ground suburban trains (HÉV).

For ticket prices and more information please visit the official website of BKK: http://www.bkk.hu/en/tickets-and-passes/prices/ 

Booklet in PDF with useful information is available here >>

Railway Stations

International trains operate from the three largest stations:

  • Keleti pályaudvar: VIII., Baross tér. Tel: (+36-1) 413 – 4610.
  • Nyugati pályaudvar: VI., Nyugati tér Tel: (+36-1) 349-8503
  • Déli pályaudvar I. Krisztina krt. 37. Tel: (+36-1) 375-6593

All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest Underground system, the Metró. The Déli is on the Red (Number 2) line, Keleti is on the Red (Number 2) and Green (Number 4) lines and the Nyugati is on the Blue (Number 3) line.

Official website of the Hungarian State Railways: https://www.mavcsoport.hu/en


General Information

Currency:      HUF (Hungarian Forint)
Currency Exchange Rates: http://www.mnb.hu/en/arfolyamok

Time zone:   UTC/GMT +1 hours

Electricity:   230 V/50 Hz (Europlug)

Dial Codes:   +36 –

Emergency Calls:    112 (ambulance, police and fire)

Smoking:   Smoking is not permitted in public places, dining and meeting facilities.

Weather:   http://www.meteoprog.hu/en/weather/Budapest/
http://koponyeg.hu/t/Budapest

Information on
Budapest:
  http://bebudapest.hu/
http://www.budapest.com/
https://www.budapestinfo.hu/home.html
http://www.funzine.hu/

Course location

Budapest

Hungary

European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB)
Address: 1-3 Zivatar Str., H-1024 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 438 1030 ǀ Fax +36 1 212 4076
E-mail: tni.e1553325013oc@ta1553325013irate1553325013rcesb1553325013cye1553325013
Web: www.eycb.coe.int

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