Ábalos advocates for a common migration pact between the EU countries: "It's a border problem"

The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Jose Luis Ábalos, thanked today in Venice that the European Union (EU) has made a “statement” in support of Spain in the crisis in Ceuta, but bet that the Twenty-seven agree on a common migration policy because it is “a problem of borders”.

Ábalos has traveled to Venice to participate in the ceremony of delivery to Rafael Moneo of the Golden Lion for his career by the XVII Biennial of Architecture of the city of canals.

The Spanish Minister has defended the need for member countries to agree to a common migration pact.

“We have to keep in mind, on the one hand, how we achieve a European position regarding immigration and border security, because here there has been not only a migratory problem, but also a border problem, and therefore there is the EU must have a clear voice. It has had one, in the sense of a pronouncement, but, beyond a position, it has to have a policy, “Ábalos said in statements to the agency. Efe.

Asked if the EU is considering freezing the allocation of funds to Morocco for the management of its border, he has maintained that it is not the responsibility of his ministry.

The Minister of Transport and secretary of organization of the PSOE He recalled that the Government of Pedro Sánchez has previously asked the EU for steps in this line: “Spain has been asking, at least with President Pedro Sánchez, since he assumed the presidency of the Government, which also coincided with a significant rebound in migration in the Strait,” he said.

“Let’s say that this is the third major crisis that I remember since I’ve been in government. The first was as soon as I arrived, in that change of government there is a major avalanche in the Straits, which at that time is what moves the President to precisely ask for a more committed and unique policy on the part of the EU “, he recalled.

Then the crisis in the Canary Islands followed and this week the diplomatic tension between Spain and Morocco, with the massive entry of 8,000 migrants into Ceuta through the sea, forcing the Spanish Government to deploy the Army: “Not only has there been permissibility, but the march of people has been encouraged” on the part of Rabat, he has pointed out.

Ábalos has pointed out that the borders are European, not just Spanish, and “that is what third countries have to understand.”

“We are talking about the borders of Europe and not of a country that is part of Europe. Not simply for a matter of protecting the member states but to protect the member states themselves because indeed we all have borders and we share borders. And the fact of sharing a The same space “, the Schengen area, makes” that people who pass to one country perfectly “can enter” another “.

At the national level, the Government of Sánchez will try to “reestablish and rebuild a relationship with Morocco”, considered “strategic” for Spain.

“I know there are those who love the conflict, but they are tremendously irresponsible, because Spain’s relations with Morocco are very important. There have been gestures that we cannot trivialize, of course, in the same way that we cannot. dramatize “, has exposed.


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