Pedro Sanchez y Olaf Scholz put pressure on the french president Emmanuel Macron calling for the construction of the Midcat gas pipeline so that it will be operational in 2025. The President of the Government and the Chancellor, who have chaired the XXV bilateral Hispano-Germany in La Coruña, have urged all the parties involved to negotiate after the rejection of the Gallic president . They thus increase the pressure on Macron who is, today, the main detractor of the community project. A meeting that was marked by controversial statements last night by the German ambassador to Spain, Maria Margarete Gosseof a possible Spanish inclusion in the anti-missile shield, of which nothing is included in the joint declaration.
Sánchez and Scholz, who devoted a large part of the meeting to addressing the energy situation in both countries, consider the construction of a gas pipeline to cross the Pyrenees “essential”. The two leaders, in the press conference after the signing of agreements, have stated that infrastructure is of “crucial importance”. And they have gone further setting a date for its entry into operation: both have mentioned the year 2025 as the date on which it should be operational for Europe to stop depending on Russian gas.
Two of the main community leaders, who have been defending the construction of this project that would allow Spain to become a gas distributor, believe that this is the way to achieve a “true and robust” internal energy market in the European Union, speed up the green transition and strengthen the EU’s strategic autonomy. “The necessary talks must include all the parties involved, in addition to the European Commission,” they transfer, now putting all the pressure on the Frenchman Macron, who has already expressed his opposition to the MidCat. The other alternative that Sánchez proposed, but more difficult to build and more expensive, is that of a maritime gas pipeline that connects with Italy.
Pedro Sánchez and Olaf Scholz have warned that will continue to press to increase the energy interconnection of the Iberian Peninsula with the rest of Europe to increase its contribution to security of supply throughout the European Union and to transport green hydrogen. This is one of the measures with which Spain and Germany “are committed to promoting initiatives to increase the European Union’s capacity for action and to strengthen its resilience, in addition to NATO and in such a way that both reinforce each other, to protect the values of the European Union and work towards a more geopolitical Union’.
Spain and Germany have committed to strengthening European defense capabilities and reinforcing cooperation on weapons and industry in the sector. Despite this, even the statements made last night by the German Ambassador to Spain, which Moncloa quickly denied, the two countries have made no mention of the European anti-missile shield or the possibility of Spain joining this project promoted by Berlin. The Spanish and German governments agree on the importance of reinforcing this collaboration “both bilaterally and within the EU and NATO”, the text states to “guarantee the peace and security of its citizens”, it adds.