Ministers Belara, Garzon and Irene Monteiro voted against the new gas pipeline that Brussels sees as “important” against Russia


Three members of the government personally pressed the button to reject the proposal promoted by PP and PSOE. Yolanda Diaz did not vote

Ministers Ioan Bellara, Irene Monteiro and Alberto Garzoo
Ministers Ioan Bellara, Irene Monteiro and Alberto Garzon in front of Meritcel Bette in an image from 2019Antonio Heredia

Three members of the government voted this Thursday at the Congress of Deputies on a project the European Commission considers “important” to reduce Russia’s dependence on the European Union.

According to the official voting sheet for the illegal proposal on gas interconnection in Spain, from 41 votes issued personally by the Minister of Social Rights, Eoin Belara, of consumption, Alberto Garzni And equality, Irene Monteiro, All of them followed the instructions of the Parliamentary Spokesperson Paul Ichenic To try to stop a proposal that urges the government to “move on and move forward in the development of gas and electricity and transport infrastructure in Spain, with a particular focus on interconnections with the rest of the European continent”. In clear indications for the project, called Midcat, to transport gas from Spain to France via the Catalan Pyrenees.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyentook office in Barcelona last Friday before the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchezand of the Generalitat, Peter Aragons, this commitment: “We are going to prioritize cross-border projects, for example, the important interconnections between Portugal, Spain and France. Because together we can free ourselves from Russian threats.” Midcat claims to be able to tap the regasification potential of Spain, which is the largest in the EU, to move it to other European countries that need an alternative to Russian gas in the future.

However, Podemos distanced itself from PSOE in the vote, noting that New gas pipelines help sustain gas as a source of energywhich they regard as the opposite of energy transition.

third vice president Theresa RiveraSo far it is maintained, but PSOE has agreed to a transactional terms with PP and Ciudadanos to restart this infrastructure, which has been abandoned since 2018, due to the “current energy and geopolitical environment”. decided to.

The fact that members of the government personally vote against one of the key energy projects not only for Spain, but also for the European Union, complicates the executive’s energy policy and undermines its request that Midcat receives European financing so that it can be accepted. , Esquera deputies also voted with PSOE and PP until they reached all 291 ses.

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