The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that
Spain, Portugal and France have reached an agreement on energy
interconnections, with the connection by sea from Barcelona to Marseille.
"I thank António Costa and Emmanuel Macron. We reached
an agreement to speed up the interconnection process", said Pedro Sánchez.
According to the Spanish prime minister, the three countries
"have reached an agreement to replace midcat with a new project, called
the greenway corridor, a gas pipeline between Barcelona and Marseille".
Portugal and Spain have long pressured France to honour
their commitments, assumed in particular at an interconnections summit held in
Lisbon in 2018 - already with Macron, and, previously, at a summit in Madrid in
At the end of the meeting, the Portuguese prime minister
praised the agreement with the French and Spanish presidents, which "allowed
the overcoming of a historic blockade" of the energy interconnections of
the Iberian Peninsula with the rest of Europe. António Costa added that the
agreement also made it possible to complete the interconnection of the
Portuguese and Spanish networks, between Celorico da Beira and Zamora.
"This is good news. One of the oldest blockades in
Europe has been overcome. It is a good contribution that Portugal, Spain and
France make to Europe as a whole, showing how it is possible to overcome
blockades to help the spirit of common solidarity", highlighted António
Asked about the cost of the project, the Portuguese leader
highlighted that, for the Portuguese side, which concerns the 160 kilometres of
connection between Celorico da Beira and Zamora, the cost will remain in
relation to the old project.