Interior signs with Frontex the operational plans for the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean after resolving technical differences

01/01/1980 Several emigrants are treated upon arrival at the Restinga dock, on January 10, 2024, in El Hierro, Canary Islands (Spain). The Civil Guard boat, Ri’o Guadiator, has rescued 52 immigrants in a canoe in waters near El Hierro. Furthermore, this afternoon a canoe with 192 migrants on board, all of sub-Saharan origin, arrived at the port of Los Cristianos (Tenerife) in the company of the Salvamar Alpheratz, which had come to their rescue. POLITICS Europa Press Canary Islands – Europa Press

The Ministry of the Interior and the European border agency (Frontex) have signed this afternoon the Operational Plans for the two joint operations against irregular immigration that both will carry out in 2024, one called ‘├Źndalo’, which covers the western Mediterranean, and another that affects the Canary Islands. According to Interior sources, collaboration continues with the European agency with which Spain “has maintained close cooperation on irregular immigration for years.” Both agreements come after last Thursday the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, attributed in Brussels to “technical” issues the differences with Frontex that had until now suspended these joint operations for migration management in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. According to the head of the Interior, the new European regulations on data protection that Frontex must transfer to its operations since January 18, was the root of the differences because the initial proposals on operational plans must be adapted, so It was a “technical, not operational” issue, the minister clarified.

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