Commission Approves €2.7 billion funds for React-EU

EU Regional Funds

The Commission has approved the modification of six Operational Programmes (OP) for the ERDF and the ESF in Spain, Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary and Germany under REACT-EU for a total of €2.7 billion.  In Italy, €1 billion has been added to the ERDF-ESF National Operational Programme for Metropolitan Cities.  These resources aim to strengthen the green and digital transition as well…

Short Sighted Spanish Resolution in Parliament Escalates Bilateral Tension with Morocco

Spain Morocco relations

Parliament has adopted a resolution on the human rights situation at the Spanish/Moroccan border, alleging that the Moroccan authorities created an artificial migratory crisis in Ceuta. The Resolution alleges Morocco has used border control and migration, and unaccompanied minors in particular, as deliberate political pressure against Spain.  The resolution stated that an unprecedented surge in…

Spain condemned over its human rights record

Concern has been voiced over Spain’s human rights record, in particular “unfair” detention conditions and extensive pre-trial detention of suspects, during the Universal Periodic Review of Spain at the UN in Geneva on 22 January.  The EU member state has been accused of “failing to abide” by international standards concerning fair trials.  During the plenary…