The National Court has rejected the allegations of the Ministry of the Interior and has decided to investigate the repatriations of minors from Ceuta. And the minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, said 24 hours later that it was about “complementary legal interpretations” at the entrance of a European council of ministers in the field in Brussels.
“They are assisted returns, they are not returns,” Marlaska has defended: “The concepts are very important. We are facing a judicial procedure, and the important thing is that in this judicial procedure different, but also complementary, interpretations of the legal system will be elucidated. “.
The minister also stated: “Let no one have any doubt that all the institutions of our country, of our State, always look necessarily and decisively towards the best interests of the minor. And that is what guides us all. A question of complementary interpretations, in some way slightly different, different, of the legal system, are to be elucidated in the courts. But the main thing, with one and another interpretation, is that the only objective is the best interests of the minor “.
Marlaska has come to Brussels to address the crisis in Afghanistan with his counterparts, “to assert the need to continue taking the necessary measures to protect all Afghan citizens,” he said. “This is a question not only of the European Union, it is an international, global question, where it is the international community that has to give a coordinated response, being aware in the European Union that we have to maintain a coordination, a single voice, in challenges as important as the people likely to be protected internationally, and also from migration, fighting against irregular immigration “.
In this sense, Marlaska has vindicated the “need for the European Asylum and Immigration Pact to be an effective reality to guarantee such basic principles as shared responsibility, solidarity, humanity and the external dimension, that is, cooperation with countries of origin and transit “.
However, the discussions in Brussels seem more aimed at preventing refugees from reaching Europe than at managing their arrival. “The declaration that we hope will finally be approved makes a specific and essential reference to the basic principle of protection,” the minister stated: “In this sense, it is a wide range of actions. First, the organizations, which within Afghanistan are working for fundamental rights and freedoms. Then, obviously, collaborating and cooperating with neighboring countries to help, but also guaranteeing resettlement, which is also a policy of the European Union. ”
The minister did not want to specify how many refugees Spain plans to host upon arrival in Brussels: “Spain has a commitment. This is obviously a refugee crisis. We are talking about fundamental rights and freedoms, and we are committed to fundamental rights and freedoms. And our policy in Spain is in the policy of protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of these people. Spain will accept the individual responsibility that corresponds to it within the European Union, with that commitment to fundamental rights and freedoms. I believe that in This first phase has made it clear what the position of Spain is with the European Union hub regarding the relocation of the first arrivals of Afghan citizens “.