Germany and Spain request Midcat gas pipeline to be operational by 2025

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Scholz and Sánchez have urged all parties involved to negotiate. In this way, they have increased the pressure on the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, the main critic of the gas pipeline.

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Energy and defense are the main points of the action plan that Spain and Germany in the 25th bilateral summitheld in A Coruña.

The head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, and German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, have demanded the construction of the Midcat gas pipeline so that it will be operational by the year 2025. They also called on all parties involved to negotiate. In this way they have increased the pressure on the President of France, Emmanuel Macronmain opponent of the project.

The summit, attended by 15 ministers from both cabinets, served to reiterate the good diplomatic relations and the importance of the two leaders in continuing to strengthen them and work in various areas of cooperation.

In the Summit’s joint statement and in the accompanying action plan, both countries repeatedly insist on their strong commitment to the EU and NATO“essential” organizations of a “peaceful and secure” world order.

In addition to expressing its support for Ukraine, the focus is on three aspects, such as the economic protection of civilians and ensuring their security and defence.

Scholz and Sánchez watch the troops in A Coruña. Photo: EFE

Both countries agree on the importance of strengthening arms and defense industry cooperation in order to strengthen European capacities in this field.

That if, Sánchez has clarified that he has not spoken with the Chancellor de missile shield Germany, although it has clarified that the executive will study it “when it is the subject of debate”.

The defense of energy interconnections, with a view to renewable hydrogen and in clear reference to the gas pipeline through the Pyrenees (the so-called MidCat) and a European electricity market, are also points of the agreement.

They point out that the construction of a gas pipeline running through the Pyrenees is of “critical importance” as it is the way to achieve a “genuine and robust” internal energy market in the European Union, accelerate the green transition and to strengthen the EU’s autonomy strategy.

In this sense, they add that they will continue to push for increasing the energy interconnection of the Iberian Peninsula with the rest of Europe in order to increase its contribution to security of supply throughout the European Union. At this point they indicate that this infrastructure is relevant for electrical interconnection and especially for the transport of green hydrogen.

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Source: EITB

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