Statemente by Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs on the occasion of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership

Statement by the Minister for Rural Affairs Sven-Erik Bucht on the occasion of the EU Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Morocco

Sweden announced to Coreper on February 14 that Sweden intends to vote NO to give the EU commission a mandate to open negotiations on a new protocol to the EU Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Morocco.

This is because Sweden considers that the proposed mandate does not meet the requirements of international law. The position is identical to previous Swedish standing in the matter. Sweden also voted in 2012 not to give the European Commission a negotiating mandate for a new protocol.

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The EU fisheries agreement with Morocco is not valid because it includes Western Sahara, according to European justice

  • The decision affirms that Europe breached its obligation to respect the right of self-determination
  • Nor does it believe that it guarantees that the exploitation of resources benefits the Sahrawi
  • 91.5% of the total catch envisaged in the agreement correspond to the waters of that area

rtve.es.- The fishing agreement between the European Union and Morocco is not valid, since it applies to Western Sahara and adjacent waters, according to the conclusions of the general counsel of the Court of Justice of the EU in charge of analyzing the preliminary ruling of a British court to a request from the Western Sahara Campaign (WSC), an organization that defends the recognition of the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people.

According to the lawyer Melchior Wathelet, when signing that agreement, “the Union breached its obligation to respect the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination and its obligation not to recognize an illegal situation resulting from the violation of that right”.

“The fisheries agreement and the acts that approved and applied it are incompatible with the provisions of the Treaties that oblige the Union to ensure that its external action protects human rights and strictly respects International Law,” recalls Wathelet.

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