The acting interior minister stressed in Luxembourg the importance of establishing "positive and constructive cooperation with third countries, starting with the African continent".

The acting Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has defended before his European colleagues that "it is the moment to establish the bases of a true common European policy of migration, borders and asylum". "A comprehensive vision is necessary, which must be based on equality and trust between Member States, as well as on the equitable distribution of responsibility and solidarity," said Grande-Marlaska at the meeting of the Council of Ministers and Home Affairs of the European Union (JHA) that has been held in Luxembourg.

The Spanish minister has called on his counterparts in the countries of the European Union to "provide lasting solutions to migratory flows in the Mediterranean" and to establish "a balanced migratory responsibility among the States and not based, exclusively and permanently, on the criteria geographical".

Grande-Marlaska has advocated in this regard to establish "coordinated actions from co-responsibility" articulated through a double lens: defend "the incalculable value of Europe without internal borders" while working on formulas "to ensure that our external borders be safe. "

In this meeting, Spain, through its Minister of the Interior, has continued to defend the importance of cooperation with countries of origin and transit in migration matters, especially with Morocco, on understanding that "a control of irregular flows goes through the cooperation, positive and constructive, with third countries, starting with the African continent ".

"We need a true partnership with Africa," he said, before adding that "we can all benefit from an orderly, regular and secure migration management."

Improve cooperation

Ministry of InteriorThe future of the European Union on security matters has also been addressed in this Council of Ministers and Home Affairs. Grande-Marlaska has defended in this section the need to strengthen cooperation in security matters among member countries, especially in the fight against cybercrime and cyberterrorism.

"We are going to face a different crime in the future, especially due to the acceleration of the digital revolution, and international police cooperation will have to be intensified much more," said the acting interior minister to his European counterparts.

He explained in this section that technological development leads to "a greater relocation of criminal networks", so it is appropriate to cooperate more effectively and harmonized with "third priority countries."

Grande-Marlaska has also indicated the importance of improving cooperation among the countries of the European Union in research on the economic fabric of criminal organizations.

Both in the fight against organized crime and against terrorism, he also stressed that it is "vital" that international police cooperation "has its continuity in international judicial cooperation" to achieve "that criminals and terrorists are brought before a judge and be condemned for their crimes. "

As for the fight against terrorism, Spain, the minister said, is in favor of strengthening collaboration and mechanisms for the exchange of information between the intelligence services and the police services of the member states.

On his trip to Luxembourg, Grande-Marlaska has also held a bilateral meeting with the European Union's Security Commissioner, Julian King.

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