The government has not yet managed to unblock trade with Algeria and France and calls on both to “dialogue”.

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Spanish commercial office in Algiers considers export impossible while bank freezing orders continue while French ministers profile themselves

Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Albers with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Albers with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.EM
  • The European Union Brussels believes that Algeria has violated agreements with the entire EU and urges it to reform immediately
  • foreign Algeria “immediately” suspends friendship treaty with Spain after Sanchez reaffirms its hold on the Sahara

Algeria still maintains a blockade on trade with Spain After several days the government assured that the North African country was going backwards. Spanish commercial office Algiers An official note considers it impossible that Spanish companies could export to that country under the current circumstances and Ministry of Industry confirms that since last Friday, when the government explained that Algeria was unblocking business, “there have been no operations.” At the last minute, the French Minister for European Affairs entered the scene, Catherine Colonnawho made public in an unusual gesture that he had spoken with his counterpart about Spain ramtane lammra outside the Sanchez government, but the result is this profile. Rather than reprimanding Algerians for their suspension of trade with Spain, they limited themselves to indicating their desire for “good relations between our European partners and the countries on the southern edge of the Mediterranean Sea”, according to an official statement. done. and to show “the belief that dialogue will allow us to meet common challenges”.

According to the Spanish Commercial Office above, Algeria has only suspended treaties of friendship, good neighborhood and cooperation with Spain “which do not involve commercial issues” thus avoiding conflict in principle. Brussels. But it adds that it maintains a June 9 order to the Algerian bank to “freeze direct debits for payments for foreign trade operations (import and export) with Spain”. And, according to the Commercial Office, “all import operations of goods and services into Algeria require a direct debit”, this measure “will make it impossible for exports from Spain to Algeria from June 9”. In his opinion, this is a “discriminatory measure against Spain”. “Operations must necessarily go through Central Bank of Algeria, The latter therefore has the power to block any payment or collection,” he emphasizes, while emphasizing how Spanish companies are left at the mercy of discretionary decisions by the Algerian authorities.

In addition, “in case of products intended for sale without change, direct debits must be made at least 30 days prior to shipment of the goods and for an amount of 120% of the invoice”, therefore riskier for companies Try operating in the current diplomatic crisis. On the other hand, Algerian gas sales contracts are not affected as they do not require a direct debit.

“If it is verified that barriers to doing business with Spain and, therefore, with the European overseas territory persist, the EU has a range of tools to deal with coercive measures from third countries”, Minister of Industry Reyes insisted on Maroto. However, it does not claim retaliation against The European Commission: “We always support dialogue as a way to resolve differences.”

First Vice President Nadia Calvino on Monday called on Algiers to roll back the decision, saying it was carrying out the attack under the influence of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I see Algeria with the greater coalition Russia», he announced on Catalunya Radio. «I have long been watching the alignment of Algeria with the position of Russia (…) I hope that Algeria will reconsider its position and declarations because it is clear that Spain is part of the European Union and that it has made it very clear Strong and prompt response, there is no doubt that trade policy is a general policy of the European Union.

However, Algeria did not detect pressure from the main EU country this Monday: Germany. number two of the German Foreign Ministry, Katja Cologne, Following the conflict between this country and Spain and the High Representative of Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, to sign new cultural and scientific cooperation agreements and even talk about “unification of the union between Algeria and the European Union”. Beach trip to Algiers. , according to a statement from Algerian Foreign Ministry. This agreement is precisely what the foreign minister, José Manuel Albers, believes has been violated by the banking blockade of trade. Borrell also revealed that he may have raped her.

Keul, a militant of the Greens in the German coalition, assured that he had traveled to Algeria because “it is a major actor in the resolution of regional problems in the north and west. Africa, That’s why it is important for me to intensify the political dialogue. During my visit, I will specifically talk about the political and security situation in the Sahel. Together with a high-level trade delegation, I will offer the Algerian government even closer cooperation in expanding our energy ties,” he said in an official statement last Friday, two days after the trade blockade against Spain.

If Calvino is correct that Putin is pitting Algeria against the Europeans, then Russia is not interested in Germany or Germany, the two important NATO countries. Italia. The Italian prime minister, Mario Draghi, began last April in Algiers, with the war already underway in Ukraine, increasing the supply of Algerian gas by 50% as an alternative to Russian.

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