In response to questions from the media about the works on the Panama Canal, Mariano Rajoy commented that the government is following the negotiations under way and hopes that a solution can be reached "soon". He believes that we should all commit to the works being concluded according to schedule, since any impasse would be "seriously prejudicial and should not occur".
Along these lines, Enrico Letta hopes that a "just and fair" solution can be found quickly and added that, to that end, the Ministers for Public Works from both countries are working closely together.
As regards any possible repercussion of the Argentinean currency crisis on the European markets, the President of the Spanish Government hopes that the situation in Argentina "stabilises as soon as possible", and underlined that it is a great country and a partner, with which we have all kinds of relations and in which Spanish companies have made major investments with the intention of maintaining a long-term presence there. Regardless of this, he highlighted that "the Euro is strong and powerful enough to move forward".
In terms of the future of Europe, the President of the Spanish Government said that "this is based on Europe being its home and a space of peace, coexistence, liberty, civilisation and progress". It represents 25% of world GDP and, in his opinion, the European process is "by good fortune, irreversible".
He also expressed his wish to see, following the upcoming European elections, the new Parliament full of pro-Europeans, since it would be paradoxical to see the most powerful Parliament ever with the most Euro-sceptics ever.
As regards the decision by Jaime Mayor Oreja not to stand as a candidate for the PP in the European Parliament, Mariano Rajoy praised his work, and recalled that he has now been working at this institution for ten years and declared his respect for this decision. The President of the Government completely differentiated the decision taken by Jaime Mayor Oreja from that of Vidal Quadras to abandon the PP, which on Monday he received news of from the media.