MADRID, JUNE 23 (EDITIONS)
Next week Madrid will host the NATO summit. According to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, it will do so “at a crucial moment” in connection with the war in Ukraine and the Atlantic Alliance. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, tensions between Moscow and the alliance, and the accession of Finland and Sweden are on the agenda of an event that will be attended by delegations from 40 countries and that will make Madrid the epicenter of world politics during its celebrations.
The capital was armored for the event with the largest police rig in Spain’s recent history, which the Interior Ministry said included nearly 9,000 agents from the State Security Corps and the armed forces. The summit will therefore be a major operation that will limit mobility in Madrid with traffic disruptions and safety devices.
What dates does the summit take place?
The NATO summit will take place on June 29th and 30th, with official events in different parts of the capital on Wednesday and Thursday.
Where will it take place?
The IFEMA exhibition center provides the setting for most of the official activities of the NATO summit. But other locations where events and dinners are held, as well as the locations of hotels where delegations stay overnight, will also be important points that will be affected by the operation. The Royal Palace and the Prado Museum remain closed for official actions.
How is mobility affected during the summit?
There will be mobility restrictions in central places such as Paseo de la Castellana, Gran Vía, Recoletos, Avenida de América, Colón, Goya, the Ruiz Jiménez and Bilbao roundabout or the Paseo del Prado, according to the M-11 of Castellana and the Barcelona motorway.
Is remote work better these days? What are the authorities’ recommendations?
Both the deputy mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís, and the city’s spokeswoman, Inmaculada Sanz, have advised the population not to go to the center of the capital because there are “affections in some of the main axes” of the capital. With that in mind, they have recommended teleworking to those who are able to, to avoid crowding out.
The Consistory is working with the government delegation in Madrid to prepare an instruction for the staff in this regard.
If I need to move, what is the best option?
Despite the fact that the City Council has recommended not to travel unless absolutely necessary, Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida has announced that the EMT public buses will be free on June 28th, 29th and 30th will be “to make it easier for people who have to move, although it is better not to move around the city”, commented the councilwoman, who recommended using the subway to ensure mobility.
In this context, 4 subway lines will be reinforced to ensure underground mobility. Lines 1, 5, 6 and 10 will increase their trains and station staff by 10%, as will connections to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport. If necessary, lines 4 and 9 would also be reinforced.