Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Northern presidents form a common front to put pressure on France and speed up the AVE link

It is probably the most diverse autonomous front that has ever taken place in Spain. The presidents of Galicia (PP), Asturias (PSOE), Cantabria (PRC) and the Basque Country (PNV) have agreed to create a “northern lobby” to “pressure politics” on issues affecting the four autonomous communities. The first purpose will be to insist that France reconsider its intention to delay, for a time without a date, the connection with Spain.

“We risk staying out of focus,” warned Lehendakari Inigo Urkullu. The Basque president hosted the meeting holding the presidency of the Atlantic Arc Commission, an institution created in 1989 to take care of the interests of the regions of Spain, France, Portugal, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Dutch Government has long had the intention of convening a top four member like the one that held this Monday, but its celebration was accelerated last week after a 180º time, after the French announced the policy of blasphemy.

At the end of February they went into panic. Then the French announced that, despite the agreement with Spain in January to speed up the works and complete the high-speed connection before 2030, only the arrival of the French AVE to the town of Aquinas by 2042. The remaining 87 kilometers provided. they remained in the air at the borders with Spain, which in practice means that the communities of the northern peninsula are cut off from Europe without a day.

This Monday Iñigo Urkullu (Basque Country), Miguel Ángel Revilla (Cantabria), Adrián Barbón (Asturias) and Alphonsus Rueda (Galicia) announced “the most serious collapses” in the common aspect of France. Revilla came to describe Elysium’s attitude as “autarchic”. “France does not have a connection with Spain among its previous objectives and wants to close Europe to the south,” lamented the Cantabrian president.

For this reason, the four regional presidents have joined forces to demand that the Government of Pedro Sánchez and the European Union “force” France to comply with the agreement. They also want Spain to use the rotating presidency of the Union, which will begin on July 1, to enter the exit of the AVE to France in the European agenda. The aspirations of the new lobby, which also aims to unite economic pressure agencies, because in that semester Europe recognizes them as a macro-region, which allow them to participate in different European meetings with their representation.

parallel feed

The four presidents have expressed concern that, in view of the progress of the Mediterranean Corridor, which will allow Levante to use the link through the Pyrenees regions from 2030, the northern parts of Spain will be left behind. “Parallel progress” they stated to declare their intention to compete with other countries in no way. “Both of them do not diminish the role of the Atlantic and Mediterranean Corridor, they add,” says Urkullu.

The truth is that the connection of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the country of Batavia with France by rail is a preliminary question for the four independent communities. It is a convenient way to transport goods. “There is no need to feel that now we have to go to Valladolid or Madrid to go to France,” laments Revilla to denounce, once again, the loss of competitiveness, which those regions blaspheme because of the delays in the arrival of high-speed trains. . In addition, it will mean an additional form of entry for tourism in all the north-eastern countries. “With climate change, the territories facing the Cantabrian Sea are more and more beautiful from a climatic point of view,” added Barbon.

After the meeting, the message was strongly expected in France and the Sánchez government to comply with the link of the obligation, although not the creation of permanent market pressure. Publicly the Forum shall be called the President of the Canterbury Coast and shall hold an annual meeting. As we have explained, the purpose of the railway project is once directed, to also make a common front to develop a hydrogen corridor that supplies this fuel to the entire Atlantic axis, renewable energy machines or create a demographic challenge in a common challenge. in an orderly manner. . “Common things unite us and we will have you as a special person for them,” said the president of Gallecia.

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