Germany and France agree to cooperate so that the BarMar works
Germany and France They have promised this Friday, in a joint declaration of their governments, to do what is necessary so that “solidarity” and energy “interconnections” work in the European Union, “including the BarMar project (Barcelona-Marseille)”. In the German-French joint statement, published during the French Prime Minister’s visit to Berlin, Elisabeth Bornewho met with the chancellor Olaf Schölzthe conduit between Barcelona and Marseille is specifically mentioned.
BarMar is the proposal that France, Spain and Portugal agreed to in October as alternative to the MidCat pipeline, which was to be built to the east of the Pyrenees and was directly opposed by Paris, which led to its being finally discarded. Berlin and Paris now say they will “work together” on the reform of the European energy market, adding that they will discuss how to “increase visibility and protect our industrial consumers.”
Both countries welcome this “structural reform” of the community electricity market, “which should be based on an impact assessment and should facilitate an affordable, fair and rapid transition.” The two governments consider that “temporary measures” are necessary “so that European citizens and businesses are relieved by rising electricity prices” and welcome the proposals made by the European Commission.
They add, however, that “additional work is needed” regarding potential measures to be taken to mitigate the impact of energy prices without jeopardizing security of supply, increasing gas demand, or reaching a rationing. In the official statement, the two countries express their “respect” for technological options they support in relation to their energy supply.
On that basis, Berlin and Paris pledge to “find a solution” regarding how they articulate with the legislative projects under way in each country and say that they will exchange information on their national strategies. In this regard, they affirm that they will inform each other about their means of production and future levels of consumption, “and on the necessary national and transnational infrastructures in hydrogen“.
On this resource, they add that “will cooperate within the European framework and/or regional for the development of the future hydrogen infrastructure for Europe, including the prospect of a European backbone” in hydrogen. The statement is part of the “global energy crisis” caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which, for France and Germany, has caused an “unprecedented increase” in prices and increased pressure on their economies.
A “sensitive” situation in Europe
“This situation is especially sensitive in Europewhich is experiencing supply strains due to the sudden reduction in flows from Russia, which previously constituted approximately 40% of the gas supply the European Union“, is said in the statement. It is in this context that Germany and France “welcome” the solidarity between community partners and the response provided at the European level to deal with the crisis.
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