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Parliamentary questions
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2 May 2016
Question for written answer E-003640-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE)

 Subject:  Entry of Ceuta and Melilla into the customs union
 Answer in writing 

In Ceuta more than 20 terrorists have been arrested in the past three years and smuggling, known as ‘atypical trade’, carries on unabated since Morocco does not recognise Biutz — where the human rights of thousands of ‘mule women’ are violated each day — as a commercial border.

According to the terrorism expert Abderrahim Manar Slimi, this tolerance of goods trafficking enables terrorists to cross into Ceuta with the collaboration of smugglers.

Given that Ceuta and Melilla's current exclusion from the customs union is an added burden in combating jihadism and implementing a common asylum and migration policy and inconsistent with the EU's external policy:

1. Does the Commission believe that Ceuta and Melilla need to be admitted into the Community Customs Code and that measures should be taken to address their particular situation?
2. What is the impact of the aforementioned situation on compliance with the EU-Morocco association agreement and negotiations for a free-trade agreement?
3. How will the Commission ensure that the current status of Ceuta does not benefit jihadists and facilitate their entry into the Union?

Original language of question: ES 
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