At the end of July, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Action informed that technicians from the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) and their Spanish counterparts would meet in the first week of August to establish mechanisms to monitor the situation of the Tejo flows, during the summer months. At the time, the Government announced in a statement that political contact had been established "at the highest level with the Kingdom of Spain" and the minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge agreed to the invitation sent by her counterpart João Pedro Matos Fernandes.
According to information released, the meeting, held on the 2nd, brought together officials from the APA and the Directorate-General for Water in Spain (DGA), who analyzed the hidrometeorological situation of the Tejo Internacional. The two delegations acknowledged that in this water year both countries not only complied with the flow regimes of the Albufeira Convention but also exceeded the volumes established in the Convention, which has regulated the Portuguese-Spanish relations in the field of water resources since 2000.
However, in the information released to Lusa today, it is stated that “the relatively low water reserves available in the reservoirs in Spain indicate that by the end of the water year (September) the volumes to be discharged into Portugal will not be much higher than the minimum flows of the Albufeira Convention”. The two delegations, also according to the same source, "agreed to maintain permanent contact in monitoring the situation with a view to minimising the possible environmental and social impacts that low water flow causes".