For the time being, the European Commission has not raised the possibility of freezing the allocation of European funds to Morocco for the management of its border after the crisis in the autonomous city of Ceuta.
At a press conference in Brussels, the foreign spokesman Nabila Massrali assured that the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, had not discussed this issue in his contacts with the Moroccan authorities.
This Thursday Borrell called the Alawite Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita, confirming the EU’s intention to jointly address the situation in Ceuta.
Over the past three years, Brussels has allocated almost EUR 250 million to Morocco in various posts and programs for migration management. This makes Brussels the second North African country to have received the most European aid after Libya.
Since the outbreak of the migration crisis, the head of European diplomacy has shown a conciliatory tone with Rabat, insisting that the good relationship between the bloc and Morocco, which has been “built over the years”, must be maintained.
“The idea is to discuss the association between the EU and Morocco and at the moment we see that the situation in Ceuta is being managed,” said the spokeswoman of recent EU contacts.