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Avramopoulos in Spain to announce further EU support to tackle migration

As Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos headed to Madrid, the European Commission announced Friday (3 August) a further €3 million in emergency aid to support Spanish border guards in curbing irregular migration

By: EBR - Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018

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The Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, was in Spain on Friday to meet Spanish government vice-president Carmen Calvo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, Minister of Home Affairs Fernando Grande-Marlaska and minister for Labour, Magdalena Valerio.
The Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, was in Spain on Friday to meet Spanish government vice-president Carmen Calvo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, Minister of Home Affairs Fernando Grande-Marlaska and minister for Labour, Magdalena Valerio.

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The new cash comes from the Internal Security Fund and aims to help cover the costs linked to the deployment of extra staff in the southern borders of Spain.

In July this year, the EU executive awarded €24.8 million to the Ministry of Employment and Social Security and the Spanish Red Cross to enhance reception capabilities, health assistance, food and shelter for migrants arriving through the Western Mediterranean route.

A further €720,000 went to the Ministry of Interior to help improve the quality of return and transfer facilities in the south of Spain, Ceuta and Melilla.

This financial assistance comes on top of €691.7 million allocated to Spain under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Internal Security Fund since 2014.
Avramopoulos in Madrid

The Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, was in Spain on Friday to meet Spanish government vice-president Carmen Calvo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, Minister of Home Affairs Fernando Grande-Marlaska and minister for Labour, Magdalena Valerio.

In a joint statement with the Spanish government, the Commission committed to keep showing solidarity with Spain and “to provide further financial or technical assistance,” as well as to “continue the open dialogue and cooperation on migration.”

“The Commission stands side by side with Spain and fully supports the efforts of the Spanish Government to develop an effective response to the increased number of arrivals in the past months and to protect the external border of the European Union,” it added.

Cooperation with Morocco remains a key element to reduce migration flows in the Mediterranean.

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker promised on Wednesday (1 August) to speed up the delivery of €55 million for border management programme for Morocco and Tunisia, already approved under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa in July.

Both the Commission and the Spanish government warned of the need to cooperate with other countries of origin and transit “to further develop their capacities to manage their borders and address the root causes of migration”.
Avramopoulos discussed with Pedro Sanchez’s cabinet the contingency plan for summer. The Prime Minister announced on Friday the creation of a joint command to coordinate all migration-related operations along the border to stem irregular crossings.

Sanchez made headlines when he welcomed the over 600 migrants rescued by NGO search vessel Aquarius after Italian and Maltese authorities refused to let it dock in their harbours.

The European Commission highlighted the “exemplary European spirit” Spain has proved in managing migration in the past few months. The Western Mediterranean route between Morocco and Spain (27,614 arrivals) is already the main entry point to Europe ahead of Italy (18,475) and Greece (16,142).

Despite the political crisis, those numbers are a long way short of the 2015 figures when over a million people arrived in Europe crossing the sea.

“The migration challenge that Europe faces as a whole, requires a European, not national solution, as underlined by the EU leaders during the European Council meeting in June,” the Commission and the Spanish government highlighted.

*First published in euractiv.com

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