GUE/NGL: Ties with Polisario Front deepened in new agreement Today, a signing ceremony took place to cement the longstanding ties between GUE/NGL and the Polisario Front, the legitimate representative of the occupied Sahrawi people.

The joint declaration commits the parties to hold regular mutual consultations and deepen cooperation in support of the struggle of the Sahrawi people for liberation.

Present in the signing ceremony were GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmerand Mr. Mohamed Sidati, Minister Delegate to Europe of the Polisario Front.

“Our group reiterates its deepest solidarity with the Sahrawi people. We stand by their right to self-determination and freedom. We will support all efforts towards a fair and durable solution to the conflict in Western Sahara,” Zimmer declared. Read more

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EU must recognise legitimate struggle of Sahrawi people for freedom & rights

GUE/NGL – 25/02/2019 .- Gabi Zimmer (DIE LINKE, Germany), Paloma López (Izquierda Unida, Spain) and Ángela Vallina (Izquierda Unida, Spain) will visit the Tindouf refugee camps in Algeria, attend the Congress of the National Union of Sahrawi Women and take part in the National Day commemorations, on Wednesday.

The visit comes at a particularly sensitive time after the European Parliament voted to extend the EU-Morocco Association Agreement and a Fisheries Partnership to cover Western Sahara, without the consent of the Sahrawi people and in violation of an ECJ ruling.

At the same time, the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Maghreb countries (DMAG) will be in Morocco and Algeria with a programme that ignores the existence of the Sahrawi people and their plight. Read more

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GUE/NGL: Parliament must examine MEP conflicts of interest over EU-Morocco trade dossier

The GUE/NGL group expresses its concern about a possible violation of Parliament’s code of conduct by several MEPs involved in discussions on files concerning relations between the EU, Morocco, and Western Sahara.

The MEPs in question failed to disclose their membership of the board of EuroMedA, a foundation with links to the Moroccan government. The case seems to present a clear conflict of interests.

For this reason, we support the request made to President Tajani by the Greens/EFA group to refer the matter for investigation.

The GUE/NGL has also asked the Chair and political coordinators of Parliament’s Committee on International Trade to reconsider whether MEP Patricia Lalonde should remain Parliament’s rapporteur on a key EU-Morocco agreement*. Lalonde has never disclosed “any actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to the matter under consideration” as called for by Parliament’s Code of conduct. Read more

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