The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, received this Monday the “total solidarity” of the rest of the European Union for the irregular arrival of several thousand migrants from Morocco to Ceuta this week after the head of the Spanish executive informed the rest of the EU -Guide of what happened in the autonomous city this week.
“We reaffirm the full European solidarity with the Spanish government and the Spanish authorities on migration,” said European Council President Charles Michel at a press conference at the end of the first day of the summit.
“The protection and security of the Spanish border are also that of the borders of the European Union,” Michel continued, taking up the message of the EU institutions the day after the first arrival in Ceuta when they informed Rabat of control of the Reclaim border to meet their migration management obligation.
EU leaders had planned to address various common foreign policy issues over dinner on Monday, including a discussion on migration at the request of Italy, concerned about the blockade of negotiations at 27 on the reform of the European asylum and migration policy Union.
At the end of the session, Michel wanted to make it clear that, in the end, there was no substantive debate on the migration problem, although this point will be formally included in a future European Council given the interest of several Heads of State and Government to fully address the issue.
In any case, Sánchez used the brief paragraph on migration to inform his partners about the details of the open crisis with Morocco this week after thousands of immigrants illegally entered Ceuta with the agreement of the Moroccan authorities.
However, Sánchez’s intervention has not sparked any debate as migration issues have been postponed for another European Council, Michel stressed.
Government sources said that Sánchez was not interested in provoking a debate about what was going on in Ceuta because he believed that the institutions’ initial response was sufficient and because they believed that the migration management model developed with Morocco was working well supplies.
Upon his arrival at the European Summit, Sánchez took the opportunity to thank the European Union for its quick response in helping Spain in a brief, no-questions-asked statement and to emphasize that the incident affected the European Union because the border was there to Ceuta which is also the same applies to the community block.
He also warned Rabat from Brussels, stressing that Morocco “has no bigger or better ally within the EU than Spain” to defend the strategic interests “which are so important for Morocco and so necessary for the EU”.