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Parliamentary questions
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22 August 2018
Question for written answer P-004320-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE)

 Subject:  EU aid for Spain for its border in Ceuta in view of renewed storming of border fence
 Answer in writing 

In a repeat of the events of 26 July last, when more than 600 migrants managed to break through into Ceuta, over 100 migrants have now stormed the border fence between Ceuta and Morocco. The Spanish authorities report that seven civil guards were injured as a result.

The Commission has announced an additional EUR three million in aid for Spain to help it tackle the surge in migration. The EU spokesperson, Natasha Bertaud, confirmed that these funds, drawn from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, would be used to post more civil guard officers at this border point. However there are only 10 officers there at present. Trade unions have been complaining for months about the lack of means and personnel.

The Commission also approved EUR 25.6 million in aid to improve migrant reception facilities. Following this latest incident, Ceuta’s temporary immigrant holding centre, the Centro de Estancia Temporal de Inmigrantes (CETI), will have to house over 1 300 immigrants instead of the 512 it was designed for.

1. How will the Commission ensure that the funds referred to above achieve the purpose for which they are intended?

2. Does the Commission know how these funds will be employed?

3. Will the Commission press for dog patrols to be used in guarding and defending the EU’s borders?

Original language of question: ES 
Last updated: 27 August 2018Legal notice