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Parliamentary questions
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25 March 2019
Joint answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the European Commission
Written questions: E-000782/19 , E-000870/19
Question references: E-000782/2019, E-000870/2019

The Commission has continuously supported the better integration of the Iberian Peninsula in the EU internal energy market, including through new electricity and gas interconnections. In this context, the gas interconnection project between Spain and France, the STEP project, as a project of common interest is important to reduce the energy isolation of the Iberian Peninsula and contribute to energy security.

The Commission has taken note of the recent common decision of the National Regulatory Authorities of Spain and France regarding the STEP project. It is now for the project promoters to assess the regulators’ decision in detail and decide on the next steps. The STEP project remains a project of common interest and can continue benefitting from EU support in particular for further assessments. The Commission has been informed by the National Regulatory Authorities of their common decision.

Since 2015, when the Madrid Declaration was signed by the Governments of France, Portugal, Spain and by the Commission, important progress has been made to integrate the Iberian Peninsula in the EU internal energy market. Recent examples include the inauguration of the Val de Saône project in October 2018 and the EUR 578 million grant agreement for the Biscay Bay project‐ the largest Connecting Europe Facility-Energy grant ever awarded.

To mark the progress, the Lisbon Declaration was signed by the Heads of State or Government of France, Spain and Portugal and by the Commission on 27 July 2018.

A High Level Group on Interconnections for South-West Europe chaired by the Commission was established in June 2015 and has ensured the timely implementation of the Madrid Declaration and will ensure appropriate follow-up to the Lisbon Declaration.

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