Statement of vote by MEP Ana Gomes (Socialist Party – Portugal) Vote on the EU-Morocco agreement on the amendment of Protocols 1 and 4 to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement

Vote at the Strasbourg plenary session on the EU-Morocco agreement on the amendment of Protocols 1 and 4 to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement

Ana Gomes (Socialist Party – Portugal)

I voted against this agreement. In consciousness. The right of self-determination of the people of Western Sahara is not negotiable in exchange for political-economic advantages. I support that Morocco benefits from a privileged partnership with the EU, but not at the expense of the rights of the Saharawi people.

The EU must respect International Law and the negotiation process within the framework of the United Nations. By approving this agreement, the European Union institutions violate the International Law and disrespect the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). The CJEU has explicitly stated that the consent of the people of the Sahara is necessary.

It is unacceptable to confuse the “people” with the “population”, which also includes Moroccan settlers. Morocco has no legitimacy to represent the Saharawi people and the EU cannot agree with Morocco on the interests of the Saharawi people. Read more

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