The Spanish Government mobilizes on suspicion of illegal entry of Russian diesel into Spain. After EL MUNDO revealed imports from Morocco, the Third Vice President and Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, has announced that the Executive has launched an investigation into these purchases, which would be contrary to the European sanctions imposed on the Putin regime by the invasion of Ukraine, and in parallel, it is going to launch an initiative to demand a response at a European level.
According to sources from his department, the objective pursued by this initiative, which he will share shortly with European partners, is "to strengthen the traceability of all imports that arrive in the EU from their origin". We take this issue very seriously, not only for Spain but for the EU as a whole. We must continue to be inflexible in firm compliance with the sanctions against the Putin regime," they explain from the Ministry.
The model proposed by Spain, specifically, consists of drawing up a common proposal that incorporates a guarantee certificate from the European Commission. "A certificate not only from the ports, but also from the refineries where the product comes from or from the exporter of the coal mines," sources from the vice president's team specify.
"In this certificate, all the elements - volume, date... - should appear verified, guaranteeing that imports arriving in EU territory are not subject to any of the approved sanctions packages," they add.
To do this, Ribera is finalizing a letter that he is going to send to the European Commission in which Spain exposes this guarantee model, which the Government considers "necessary".
"We insist that we take this matter very seriously and we have no doubt that our European partners share our same concern," government sources insist.
"This same concern is what has led us - from the first moment we learned of Repsol's complaint - to the Government starting to investigate what is happening with the arrival of fuels that, in principle, come with papers that accredit a correct provenance", as revealed by Ribera this morning.
"Given the slightest suspicion, it is appropriate to investigate if these papers are correct and if indeed the products they import are from where they say they are, or if they are from another source and there has been some type of irregularity," they say from the Ministry, although They clarify that the first inquiries made to importers show documentation that indicates that "apparently, everything is in order and they do not come from Russia, but we are attentive and will monitor to definitively corroborate that this is indeed the case," they conclude. .
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