BRUSELAS, 15 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will try to convince his German and Dutch counterparts, Olaf Scholz and Mark Rutte, this Thursday in Brussels to raise their reserves to lower the cap on the price of gas and agree to introduce a dynamic reference that allows to stop the escalation of prices in the European market.
According to government sources, after the lack of agreement at the ministerial level on Tuesday, a solution with a "strong" mandate and a "clear" message must come out of the summit that an agreement must be reached because "it is necessary intervene in a market that does not work, behaves inefficiently and endangers the European economies".
The leaders will try to reach a common political direction at the summit this Thursday on the cap on gas prices that encourages the ministers to finish off the agreement after the failure of the Energy headlines to approach positions in their meeting this Tuesday and give them until Monday to advance at a technical level.
Thus, it will be the energy ministers who will resolve at their meeting next Monday the technical details that are currently blocking intervention in the market and whose main stumbling block is the activation price of the mechanism.
In the last draft consulted by Europa Press, the activation price of the gas cap stood at 200 euros, a limit that the Minister of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, described yesterday as "extremely high".
Spain, which defends a dynamic cap on the price of gas that varies based on a basket of prices that includes the reference of various international markets, leads the largest bloc, of up to 15 countries, but collides with the reserves of the other side, with The Netherlands and Germany in the lead, who fear the impact of this ceiling on the security of energy supply in the long term.
These differences were what made it difficult for the measure to be approved in the council of ministers on Tuesday, which is why it has become, also according to Moncloa sources, a "fundamental part" of the points of discussion on the leaders' agenda, and whose debate will mark the decisions of next Monday.