How will the EU respond to Algeria breaking off the Friendship, Good Neighbourliness and Cooperation Treaty with Spain?
Question for written answer E-002206/2022
to the Commission
Jean-Paul Garraud (ID)
Following the Spanish prime minister’s declaration that Spain views Morocco’s autonomy plan for the disputed territory of Western Sahara as ‘the most serious, realistic and credible basis for the resolution of this dispute’, on 8 June the Algerian presidency decided to suspend the Friendship, Good Neighbourliness and Cooperation Treaty it concluded with Spain in 2002.
After this declaration, Algeria recalled its ambassador, increased the price of gas to Spain, halted the post-COVID-19 resumption of flights to Spain and suspended cattle imports.
Algeria also refused to accept the return of Algerians arriving illegally on Spanish shores. Assabah, a Moroccan newspaper, reports that the Algerian government has been turning a blind eye to illegal immigration networks, allowing Algerians and sub-Saharan Africans to inundate the Balearic islands.
The Association Agreement between Algeria and the EU provided for the creation of a free-trade area in 2017, which has still not been established.
- 1.What measures does the Commission plan to take following Algeria’s suspension of trade relations with Spain, which constitutes a violation of the Association Agreement between Algeria and the EU?
- 2.Will the Commission finally put measures in place to stop Algeria from inundating Spain and the EU with illegal immigrants and to make Algeria take back the huge numbers who are living illegally in the EU?