Algeria responded to the European Union in relation to its concerns following the unilateral withdrawal of Algiers from a political treaty with Spain, which had economic consequences on the same day. For Algiers, the EU “rushed” and should have consulted it. However, no substantive response was provided.
After two reactions from Brussels, Algeria finally responded through the voice of its diplomatic representatives in Europe. But the answer remains evasive, does not explain and does not translate the intentions of the Algerian regime in relation to the concerns expressed by the European Union.
The Europeans, through the highest diplomatic representatives, made it clear to Algeria that its hostile and blackmail behavior was unacceptable to them, calling on it to return to the path of reason.
Algeria decided unilaterally, on June 8, to break the friendship treaty concluded between Algiers and Madrid 20 years ago, following a declaration by the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, before the Spanish Parliament, in which he explained that Spain’s new position on the Sahara was a state position.
Algeria responded in a furious tone, and immediately announced the death of this political Treaty which had linked the two countries since 2002. However, the scope of this decision was more than political, and completely fell outside the scope of its application when the Algerian authorities have decided to suspend all import and export operations with Spain, supposedly, following a note from an association of banks in Algeria.
The European Union, of which Spain is a member, saw in this kind of behavior a risk for its commercial relations with Algeria since it understood that the Maghreb country was in a logic of escalation and that its decisions were disproportionate, apart from the fact that they are the result of interference in the affairs of a third country.
“The EU is ready to oppose any type of coercive measures applied to a Member State of the European Union”said Josep Borrell, the EU’s highest representative for foreign affairs and Valdis Dombrovskis, vice-president of the European Commission.
Algeria responded via its diplomatic representation in Brussels saying it deplored “the haste with which the European Commission reacted without prior consultation or any verification with the Algerian government, to the suspension by Algeria of a bilateral political treaty with a European partner, in this case Spain, without ensure that this measure does not affect either directly or indirectly its commitments contained in the Algeria-European Union Association Agreement”.
Except that in fact, the Algerian decision has a real and direct impact on its commitments provided for in the Association Agreement, and for its part, Algeria took this decision without consultation with the Spanish party, which saw nothing coming. .
The Algerian Embassy in Brussels added in its press release without providing details and without explaining the motivations for its decision to cut trade with Spain by putting a stop to bank domiciliation operations: “With regard to the alleged measure to stop current transactions by the government with a European partner, it only exists in the minds of those who claim it and those who hastened to stigmatize it. »
Gas was the only thing for which Algiers spoke out clearly. “With regard to gas deliveries to Spain, Algeria has already made it known by the most authoritative voice, that of the President of the Republic, that it will continue to honor all its commitments made in this context. , it being up to the commercial companies concerned to assume all of their contractual commitments”, concluded the Algerian diplomatic representation in Brussels.