Spain, EU to ‘urgently release 55 mn euros for funding border mgmt. program in Morocco and Tunisia’

  • August 17, 2018

Spain and the European Commission today stressed the importance of a reinforced partnership with Morocco in relation to the migration issue, said a statement from the Spanish government presidency in Madrid.

This came in a joint statement by Spain and the European Commission, adopted at the end of the meeting held in the Spanish capital between European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, Vice President of the Spanish Government Carmen Calvo, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska, and Minister of Labour and Migration Magdalena Valerio.

The statement noted that “this collaboration includes the urgent release of 55 million euros to fund border management programs in Morocco and Tunisia, adopted by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa”.

The European Commission is ready to expand its financial support, wrote the joint statement.

Spain and the European Commission consider it necessary, within the same framework, to strengthen cooperation with all African countries with the aim of fostering their capacity to manage their borders and address the root causes of the migratory phenomenon, it said.

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