Forty-four countries -the 27 of the European Union and surroundings- have constituted this Thursday in Prague the European Political Community. It is an alliance of the continent, which leaves out Russia and Belarus, with the aim of standing up to the policies of Vladimir Putin. Spain, with the president Pedro Sanchez at the head, it has been one of the countries that has joined the CPE to, says Sánchez, send “a message of
cooperation and unity at a time when war against a country
Europe affects us all”.
In addition to the 27 countries that make up the European Union, this new alliance includes neighboring states such as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland,
Liechtenstein, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. With issues such as peace and security, energy, climate and the economic situation on the table, the leaders of these countries have shared the strengths and weaknesses of each one to join forces.
Sánchez, in his speech, stated that “my Government will not take any step back, not even one, that would divert us from our climate goals. On the contrary, we are more determined than ever to accelerate the deployment of renewable energies and the decarbonisation of our economy, because it will bring us closer to European energy sovereignty”. Among the specific measures proposed by the Spanish president are the limit on the price of gas, reinforcement of liquidity and the centralized purchase of gas at a European level.
Sánchez, on his first day in Prague, has participated in a round table on energy, climate and economy, with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenas well as the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss; from the Netherlands, Mark Rutte; from Hungary, Viktor Orban -one of the EU leaders most critical of the sanctions against Russia-; from Slovenia, Robert Dove; from Maltese, Robert Abela; from Austria, Karl Nehammer; of Albania, Edi Ramaand from Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdottir.
In this forum, the president took the opportunity to reiterate the Spanish position and to make clear the Government’s commitment to continue advancing in decarbonisation and in its commitment to renewable energies. The head of the Executive believes that the participation of the 44 countries in the adoption of measures to deal with the climate emergency “would result in a greater benefit for the whole of the European Political Community”.
During today’s session, the head of the Spanish Government also took the opportunity to hold four bilateral meetings. Sánchez has met again with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoganwith whom he met two weeks ago during the UN General Assembly in New York, with whom he spoke mainly about his country’s accession to the EU and about the role of mediator that he is exercising in relation to the conflict in Ukraine.
He has also met with the president of Moldova, Maia Sanduwith whom he met for the last time last June on the occasion of his visit to this country, as well as with the President of Switzerland, Ignatius Cassis, a country with which there is a desire to strengthen relations, especially on a cultural and scientific level. Lastly, he met with the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama.