Spain Fails To Condemn Morocco From Within The European Parliament

A difficult test that Spain failed to pass within the European Union and which demonstrated concretely the reality of the role that Morocco plays inside the European Parliament. On the one hand, Spain failed to issue a “condemnation” decision against Morocco, and was limited to “rejection”, noting that the most prominent political groups in Parliament found themselves in an embarrassing position in the face of a controversial project.

Today we have followed the debate in the European Parliament. And if there is a point on which a large number of European deputies have agreed, it is that Morocco is a strategic partner and it is necessary to strengthen cooperation relations with it, regardless of what happened, whether it is related to Ceuta or the bilateral crisis between Morocco and Spain.

Here are some answers regarding the European Parliament’s vote on a resolution on  the “Breach of UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and the use of minors by the Moroccan authorities in the migratory crisis in Ceuta”:

Form wise, it turned out that the initial voting process did not exceed 400 votes, which does not reflect the number of ordinary votes for decisions of an urgent nature.

In terms of content, it is noted that the terminology used in this resolution, which has been amended on numerous occasions, indicates rejection rather than condemnation, unlike the first draft presented by the Spanish representatives at the European Parliament.

This decision does not reflect in any way the position of the European Union, as the European Union’s executive bodies welcomed, in the words of the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Oliver Várhelyi, and the Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, who confirmed on June 8 that “the European Union and Morocco have maintained, over the years, excellent cooperation in the field of migration, which led to very good results.”

Overall, Spain has failed to gain the support of EU member states, and has turned to its allies in the European Parliament, in a new attempt to “Europeanize” this bilateral crisis.

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