The European Commission has avoided this Tuesday supporting Spain in its defense of the MidCat gas pipeline project to link the Iberian Peninsula with the rest of the EU through the Pyrenees and has requested more data to evaluate the viability of the initiative, hours after that the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, flatly refused to relaunch this project.
"We cannot give a specific position at this time, it is necessary for the Member States and the promoters to advance in the analysis of the possibilities of the project's viability and then we will be in a position to give our opinion on a precise project," said the spokesman. of Energy of the Community Executive, Tim McPhie, at a press conference in Brussels.
"Any additional cross-border infrastructure project that connects the Iberian Peninsula with the rest of the European Union needs more evaluations from the countries involved and the promoters of the project, that is why the Commission cannot take a position," insisted the spokesman, who has reminded that MidCat is not part of the list of Projects of Common Interest (PIC).
On behalf of the Government of Spain, Vice President Teresa Ribera has indicated on Onda Cero that it is a project of "European interest" that transcends the positions of specific countries. In this sense, the head of Ecological Transition has pointed out that the MidCat does not only concern "the bilateral relationship" and, "therefore, it will be a debate that I do not think can be closed exclusively by the pronouncement of a single country," he added. .