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 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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