Spain, Portugal and France will meet in Paris to discuss MidCat and other interconnections

Spain, France and Portugal will meet in Paris to discuss interconnections. The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchezhas confirmed the meeting and has been convinced that “sooner than later” there will be an agreement on the construction of the Midcat gas pipeline “that manages to marry all the sensitivities and concerns that France has”.

“I am convinced that we are going to be able to achieve a good agreement with a good friend and ally such as the French Government”, the president stressed in an appearance before the media after the informal meeting of the heads of state and government of the European Union held in Prague (Czech Republic).

Sánchez has confirmed that he will meet in Paris with Macron and the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, before the next European Council is held at the end of October to address not only gas interconnections, but also hydrogen and electricity interconnections .

Macron speaks with Sánchez during the summit.

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The president has assured that during the informal meeting of these days he has had the opportunity to present to President Macron, individually, and also to the entire European Council, his vision on the need to promote interconnections.

“I believe that one way or another, sooner rather than later, we are going to reach an agreement that manages to marry all the sensitivities and all the concerns that France has in this case,” the president assured.

Sánchez’s words come a day after the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, once again made clear his rejection of MidCat to unite the Iberian Peninsula with the rest of the EU through the Pyrenees because he believes that electrical interconnections should be prioritized.

But Sánchez has insisted that “Spain wants to be in solidarity with Europe” in terms of interconnections, recalling that Europe is late in meeting the commitments that had been made in this area.

France continues to question the MidCat

Emmanuel Macron has hoped that he can find “very pragmatic” agreements to “remove energy isolation” from the Iberian Peninsula with the visit of the presidents of Spain and Portugal.

“I will see President Sánchez and Prime Minister Costa in a few days in Paris and we will find very pragmatic agreements with three. Because that is how things are done that are done well, European style”, he concluded at a press conference in Prague at the end of the informal summit of European Union leaders.

Macron has defended that France is in favor of interconnections and “a Europe of solidarity”, but has questioned whether the Midcat project, a project that “crosses the Pyrenees through a protected area” is the best or “coherent” option. with the climate agenda and the protection of biodiversity.

In addition, the French president wanted to make it clear that this is not an issue in which Berlin should intervene: “To put an end to the ambiguities, it is a gas pipeline that passes through the Pyrenees between Spain and France, so it is not a matter of disagreements between Germany and France, unless I have missed something.”


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