Spanish news outlet El Pais wrote on Monday that the EU’s favorable answer to Morocco’s request followed pressure from Spain to provide “significant support to the Mediterranean neighbor.”
Morocco and Spain will receive the aid by the end of the year. The funds are to be used “mainly for the purchase of border control equipment.”
The news outlet believes that the funds are “still modest and significantly lower than those destined for other countries.”
A source in the Spanish government told El Pais that half of the €140 million will go to Morocco. The source also said that Rabat is satisfied with the budget.
Morocco’s Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit met his Spanish counterpart Fernando Grande-Marlaska on Friday, October 19, in Madrid to discuss migration.
The Spanish official said that Morocco must remain a privileged partner of Spain.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has been pressuring the EU to meet Morocco’s demands for money.
During the Summit of EU Heads of State and Government held in Brussels on October 17-18, Sanchez renewed his call, proposing an EU support plan for Morocco to manage migration flows.