Statement from the Polisario Front after the approval by the EP Trade Commission of a report on the EU -Morocco agreement

Shame on the European Parliament: the Comission on International Trade adopts a report tainted by a blatant conflict of interest

[STRASBOURG, 10 DECEMBER 2018] –Today, in Strasbourg, the INTA committee of the  European Parliament, responsible for international trade, has adopted the report presented by Mrs Lalonde for the extension of the agricultural agreement concluded between the European Union and Morocco to the Territory of Western Sahara.

Commenting on the vote, Mohamed Sidati, the EU Representative of Frente POLISARIO, stated ‘”In a shameful decision the European Parliament adopted a report whose author was forced to resign before its adoption due to blatant compromission and conflict of interest”

“The Frente POLISARIO deplores this vote which marks a step further in the will of European leaders to override the clear and precise terms of court decisions. While on all sides’ European leaders recall that Europe is based on the law and that respect for the law is the basis of democracy, it is still striking for the Frente POLISARIO, who has seized the European justice, to see these same politicians joining forces to circumvent the EU court decision. Read more

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EU/Morocco fisheries agreement – European countries insist on respect of ECJ rulings Brussels – Sweden opposed the conclusion of the new fisheries partnership agreement between the European Union and Morocco, reiterating that the extension of the geographical scope of the agreement to the territory of Western Sahara must receive the consent of the Saharawi people in accordance with the judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of 27 February, while Germany, Denmark and Ireland insisted that an agreement must be in accordance with European law and international law.

When the text of the agreement on the EU’s Competitiveness Council was adopted on 29 November in Brussels, Sweden issued an explanatory declaration following the vote in which it expressed its opposition to the Council decisions on the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Morocco.

Sweden explained that this agreement did not respect the judgments of the CJEU which stated that Western Sahara was a “separate” and “distinct” territory from the Kingdom of Morocco and that any extension of agreement to that territory requires “consent “of the people of Western Sahara. Read more

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