Sunday, January 29, 2023

Mediterranean summit analyzes energy crisis

MADRID ( Associated Press) — Governors and representatives from nine Mediterranean and southern European countries will meet in Spain in the next few hours, and the main topic is expected to be the energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The leaders or representatives of Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, Slovenia and Croatia are attending the EU-Med9 meeting in Alicante, eastern Spain. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel will also participate.

The EU-MED group started meeting in 2014 with the intention of reaching consensus on key EU issues.

Two discussion sessions are planned to be followed by a joint lunch. The first will likely be devoted to the energy crisis and the European Union’s proposal to cap the price of natural gas. The second will address issues of economic governance of the EU or strengthening ties with countries on the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

The problem of migration and protection of forests and marine ecosystems in the wake of wildfires and rising ocean temperatures will also be discussed.

The socialist chairman of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, and Italy’s far-right prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, were due to hold their first bilateral meeting, but Meloni had to cancel his trip because he had come down with the flu. His office said Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani would attend in his place.

Sanchez is scheduled to meet separately with the presidents of France and Portugal, as well as von der Leyen, about plans for an underwater pipeline to transport hydrogen.

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