The Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, assured this Wednesday that “many” countries of the European Union support the MidCat gas pipeline project with France through the Pyrenees and also a solution to lower the cost of light similar to the top to the gas of the Iberian Peninsula.
“The proposals that Spain has been putting on the table for a year” to reduce the price of electricity “are a good part of the solution” for “many” of the community countries, Albares told Efe at the end of the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers meeting in Prague.
“That cap on the price of gas and above all completing the interconnections and there, obviously, the connection via France, the MidCat, which Spain can contribute with its enormous capacity for regasification of liquefied natural gas is fundamental, and this has been recognized by many of my colleagues,” he told Efe.
Albares addressed the MidCat interconnection yesterday in a bilateral meeting with the French Foreign Minister, Catherine Colonna, the same day that Paris promised to study its construction, after the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, they claimed it.
Albares also met today with his Italian counterpart, Luigi de Maio, who also showed “total support” for Midcat and with whom he discussed another possible connection with the transalpine country between Barcelona and Livorno, as well as with the head of the diplomacy of Finland, Pekka Haavisto.
The Finnish minister told the press in Prague that he had read the information “about a possible gas pipeline between Spain, France and Germany that could help Western Europe with the gas situation.”
“I think that anything we do for Europe’s energy security is positive,” he said.
The Vice President of the Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, has also recently declared himself in favor of developing this gas infrastructure with the idea that it will also serve to transport green hydrogen in the future.