The President of the Government Pedro Sánchez has announced in the control session of the Congress of Deputies on Wednesday that Spain will demand that France comply with the deadlines established for the start-up of the high-speed rail connection between the two countries through of the Atlantic corridor (Madrid-Vitoria-Dax). The actions must be completed in the year 2030 although the neighboring country has delayed them to 2042.
In response to a question from the PNV deputy Aitor Esteban in the control session to the Government in Congress, the President of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez, has acknowledged having been “surprised” by the publication of a French report that delayed the closure of that infrastructure.
For this reason, Sánchez has assured that the Spanish Government is going to demand that the French comply with what was agreed at the Bilateral Summit in Barcelona last December and will respect the deadlines set in the part that competes with Spain. In addition, according to Sánchez, the Government has the support of the European Commission, so “we hope that France meets the deadlines it assumed at the Barcelona Summit.”
“Don’t be fooled”
Esteban has criticized that France has announced the breach of what was agreed in Barcelona and has wondered what the Summit has been for and what is the use of the fact that both countries have signed a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation. “Let them fool us,” he snapped at the Prime Minister.
In addition, he has criticized that some border crossings between the two countries are still closed, that the electrical connection with the Bay of Biscay and the H2Med (connection for hydrogen transport) “is in question”. On the contrary, Pedro Sánchez believes that Spain has “extraordinary synergies” with Spain “and some points of contention”, although they are privileged partners.