In the context of the 4th edition of the Forum La Toja – Vínculo Atlântico, held for the first time in Portugal at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Vice President of CIP, Armindo Monteiro, moderated a panel with the theme “Iberian Bet for the European Energy Market,” which had as panelists João Pedro Matos, former Minister of Environment and Energy Transition in Portugal, Isabel García Tejerina, former Minister of Environment in Spain, and Nélson Lage, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ADENE (Portuguese Agency for Energy).

During the debate, Armindo Monteiro discussed the following topics: the state of play regarding electricity interconnections between Portugal, Spain, and France; the need for gas interconnections, whether natural gas or hydrogen; and which European electricity market rules will be adequate for this new European electricity market, now with the active presence of Portugal and Spain. At the opening of the debate, Armindo also highlighted the enormous effort of businesses to maintain employment, taking into account the increase in energy costs.

The La Toja Forum also counted with the following speakers: the Mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas; the Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida; Paulo Portas, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice-Prime Minister of Portugal; the President of La Toja Forum, Josep Piqué; Michel Temer, former President of the Republic of Brazil; Pedro Cateriano, former Prime Minister of Peru and Mariano Rajoy, President of the Government of Spain between 2011 and 2018.