According to the publications of El País, the aforementioned report recognizes events as the “constant and inalienable national objective to annex Ceuta and Melilla” by Morocco, and that there are no signs that Rabat is going to renounce its strategy of ” economic pressure ”that“ suffocates ”. It also highlights the rapid deterioration of the social situation in the two cities, which is producing a“ growing polarization ”and a worrying“ social gap ”as well as a certain“ detachment towards the State ”with public services lower quality.
The report, which does not specify any of the measures that will be proposed, does already offer a roadmap of the intentions of Spain pointing to the maximization of tax benefits “to promote new sectors of activity”, in particular tourism and tourism. online game, in tune with the plans that the Government of Vivas has already pointed out. The Government of Sánchez also advocates improving connections with the Peninsula and generating an area of “shared prosperity”, a development model that the central Government has been applying in relations with Gibraltar after Brexit.
It refers to the fact that the socioeconomic data of the two autonomous cities are among the worst in Spain, with special reference to unemployment, highlighting aspects such as the economic crisis, the lack of opportunities for a young population, and the lack of common spaces, is resulting in a growing social gap “, Finally recognizes that the public services of the two cities are” underfunded “and are” insufficient for the current population volume “in addition to a concern about the use that citizens make of the public services of both cities Moroccans from the neighboring provinces of Nador and Tetuan.
In response to this situation that the X-ray report, El País reports on the preparation of a plan by the Government of Spain, with the intention of putting it into operation before the end of the summer. Some of its measures are already known, and it has begun to be implemented.
Among them is the end of the exceptionality of the Schengen Treaty in the two cities, forcing the citizens of Nador and Tetuan to need a visa to enter the European area, the use of Frontex to control both borders. Also of an economic nature, such as the inclusion of the two cities in the Customs Union, and a Reform of the Special Tax Regime that encourages economic activity in sectors such as tourism and online gaming; in addition to enhancing the economic possibilities of the ports.
El País also announces that a senior official has been appointed within the Ministry of Territorial Policy to coordinate the plan, and that it will also have the participation of Ministers and Secretaries of State.
A plan will include the action of Spanish diplomacy, in matters such as the negotiation of the reopening of the borders, in due course, and within the aforementioned conditions of the termination of the exception to Schengen and under the control of the European Border Agency. . A measure that would entail requesting a visa from all Moroccans living in the neighboring provinces of Ceuta and Melilla, in order, among other objectives, to prevent their use of basic services in the city, especially Health and Education, a migratory pressure that has caused “a saturation” of public services and the growing feeling among Ceuta that these services are finally “for foreigners.”