The European Parliament (EP) condemned Morocco’s attitude on Thursday for allowing the arrival in Ceuta last May of thousands of migrants, including children, to “put political pressure” on Spain, but at the same time he hoped that this crisis would not deteriorate relations between Brussels and Rabat.
The European Parliament approved with 397 votes in favor, 85 against and 196 abstentions a resolution agreed by the four main groups of the EP (popular, socialists, liberals and greens).
The message of the deputies who participated in the debate in the European Parliament this Thursday prior to the vote was almost always the same: rejection of the attitude of Morocco, solidarity towards Spain and Ceuta in particular and willingness to return to a “constructive partnership” with Morocco.
It is not a bilateral issue, but a European one
The European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, reiterated the “full solidarity with Spain” in efforts to “measure up to and resolve the challenges of irregular migration and hoped that” similar situations will not be repeated.
“It is useless to try to limit this to a bilateral situation between Morocco and Spain, that is not understanding the logic of the Union, “said Spanish Socialist MEP Ignacio Sánchez Amor.
The text condemns “the use of border controls, migration and unaccompanied minors” as “political pressure” against a European country, referring to Spain.
He further deplores “the participation of children, unaccompanied minors and families“in the mass entry from Morocco to Ceuta, putting” their lives and security at risk “and at the same time regrets the political and diplomatic crisis between the North African country and Spain.
This crisis, the resolution points out, It must not undermine or undermine the “strategic, multidimensional and privileged” relations between Morocco and the European Union nor cooperation in areas such as the fight against terrorism, drug and human trafficking or migration.
Reestablishment of relations and cooperation with Morocco
Commissioner Dalli also emphasized the need to maintain “close cooperation with Morocco, in full respect of human rights and the values we share. “
He predicted that the challenges posed by migratory flows “they will demand more dialogue” with Rabat, so it will be necessary to “strengthen cooperation to seek common solutions.”
Precisely today the Spanish Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, José Luis Escrivá, announced that Ceuta will receive “in the coming months” about 10 million euros of European aid to manage the migration crisis generated as a result of the massive entry into the city of some 10,000 immigrants last May.
The popular deputy Francoism Millán Mon pointed out that “the path of dialogue” must be retaken and that “it is time for diplomacy, not for silence or for the megaphone.”
From the ranks of the PPE criticized the attitude of the Spanish Government in connection with the hospitalization of the leader of the Polisario Front Brahim Gali. Andrey Kovatchev, from the EPP, referred for his part to “the mismanagement on the part of the Spanish left in relation to that visit.”
On the other hand, there was criticism of some MEPs to the European position on Western Sahara, like Miguel Urbán (Anticapitalistas), who said that the Union “cares little about the rights in the occupied Sahara.”
“Frozen conflicts always end up generating tensions,” added ERC MEP Jordi Solé.