PUSL.- Charlie Andreas Weimers and Jessica Stegrud, two Swedish MEPs of theSweden Democrats Party demand to label products originating in the Western Sahara. The two Swedish MEPs raised the matter in a written question addressed to the European Commission on January 14.
Recalling the the decision of November 12, 2019 of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) validating the labeling of products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Golan Heights in Syria exported to the Twenty-eight market the swedish MEPs ask:
“In the light of this court decision, does the Commission intend to ensure that origin labels are imposed for food produced in occupied territories such as Northern Cyprus and Western Sahara?
They also asked whether Brussels plans to apply the measure only to Israel or whether it intends to extend it to Morocco and Turkey.
PUSL.- MEP João Ferreira of the Portuguese Communist Party requested further clarification regarding Frederica Morgherini’s response to the human rights violations that took place in El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old girl.
Vice-President Federica Mogherini’s reply on behalf of the European Commission stated:
“The EU is aware of the tragic death of a 24 year old woman in Laayoune after the Algerian victory in the African Cup of Nations. According to the Moroccan authorities, inquiries are ongoing to clarify the circumstances.
Democracy and human rights are essential components of the EU’s foreign policy and of its dialogue with partner countries like Morocco. The 14th meeting of the EU-Morocco Association Council on 27 June 2019 provided an occasion to have a high level discussion on human rights issues. The Joint Political Declaration adopted during the Association Council also emphasises human rights and common values as a key area of the future cooperation.
The European Union will follow the situation of human rights in Morocco and Western Sahara through regular contacts with the competent authorities, including the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) and its regional offices, as well as with civil society organisations and human rights defenders.”
MADRID (Sputnik) – The still Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, was approved by most European Parliament groups to become the next High Representative of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy.
Borrell passed this October 7 the well-known ‘examination’ of the MEPs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, who asked him for three hours on various issues in the international arena.
“Our colleague Josep Borrell was appointed High Representative of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. We want to indicate our satisfaction and pride that a socialist partner has such a high level career,” the Spanish socialists said in their social networks.
The Spanish politician will take office from November 1, after receiving great support from the chamber, with only the votes against from the ultra right, the Identity and Democracy group, where the French National Regrouping of Marine Le Pen or Matteo Salvini League are.
PUSL.- High Commissioner Federica Morgherini answers the question of MEP João Ferreira on the death of a 24-year-old Saharawi girl at the hands of Moroccan authorities. Morgherini uses a common place response, saying that the EU is following the situation through the CNDH ( Moroccan National Human Rights Council). The CNDH is nothing but an extension of the Alauite Kingdom to give the illusion of democracy and to justify the scandalous sums received from the European Union.
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-002380/2019
The EU is aware of the tragic death of a 24 year old woman in Laayoune after the Algerian victory in the African Cup of Nations. According to the Moroccan authorities, inquiries are ongoing to clarify the circumstances.
PUSL / Jornal Tornado.- Portuguese Communist Party MEP João Ferreria questioned Mogherini, Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the wave of repression in the occupied territories of Western Sahara against the Saharawi population in recent days.
João Ferreira warns that it is urgent to put an end to the situation and asks if Morgherini is aware of what has been done under the EU / Morocco agreement. which include human rights clauses.
HE. Federica Moguerini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
I refer to your Excellency with the urgency dictated by the serious events that take place in the territories of Western Sahara, illegally occupied by Morocco.
As is well known, the occupation forces unleashed an unprecedented wave of repression against the Sahrawi civilian population, in El Aaiún, when they celebrated with joy, and peacefully, the victory of the Algerian team in the Africa Cup of Nations.
This brutal repression had as a macabre result the violent death of the young Sabah Azman, 23 years old, deliberately hit by a vehicle of the so-called auxiliary forces. Abandoned on the ground, without receiving the minimum aid, she took her last breath. Many protesters suffered injuries of varying severity, others were beaten, and harassment and persecution lasted until the early hours of July 20.
The Frente POLISARIO entered with the registry of the Court of Justice of the European Union an action for annulment against the decision of 28th January 2019, whereby the European Union concluded an association agreement with Morocco, deciding that this agreement would apply also to the territory of Western Sahara.
In its judgment of 21st December 2016, the CJEU ruled that Morocco and Western Sahara were two distinct and separate territories, and that there could be economic activity on the territory only with the consent of the people of Western Sahara. These principles were confirmed by two judgments of 2018, concerning fishing and airspace.
The POLISARIO Front had immediately demonstrated to negotiate the agreements necessary for the development of the territory, in compliance with the decisions of the CJEU. European leaders have made another choice. As the Court said that there could be no “de facto application”, they imagined a “law enforcement” mechanism, inventing an explicit process of extending the EU agreement / MOROCCO on the territory of Western Sahara. This is a serious violation of the principle of sovereignty. Read more
PUSL.- MEPs today approved the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement which includes the waters of Western Sahara. MEPs not only failed to comply with the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) but also directly violated international humanitarian law.
Refusal to bring the agreement to the European court
Before voting on the agreement, MEPs rejected by 189 votes to 410, with 36 abstentions, a petition asking the EU Court to assess their compatibility with the EU Treaty.
In an official communiqué the EU states that this vote ”
does not prejudice the outcome of the political process on the status of Western Sahara. “This statement is curious because the status is well defined and the CJEU itself has reaffirmed that Morocco has no sovereignty over the non-autonomous territory of Western Sahara. Read more
PUSL .- Izquierda Unida has released a press statement today in which it characterizes the response of the European Commission (EC) as cynical. The response in question is related to on the question put forward by the MEP Paloma Lopez of this political party asking whether the EC condemns the Moroccan action when trying to legitimize the occupation of Western Sahara, with the appropriation of Dakhla as a Moroccan city, or its attitude towards the constant breach of the agreements of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on fisheries matters. These questions where put forward last October on the occasion of the participation of the company Atlas Pelagic, based in the Saharawi city of Dakhla, in the Fair of Frozen Products of Vigo (Conxemar).
Atlas Pelagic, a Moroccan company dedicated to plundering the natural resources of Western Sahara, which represents a violation of the judgments of the European Court of Justice, which has expressed in three rulings that Western Sahara is not a Territory subject to the sovereignty of Morocco. “It is intolerable to continue seeing cases of Moroccan companies that take advantage of the plundering of the natural resources of Western Sahara, becoming accomplices of an illegitimate military occupation by participating in the sacking of the Saharawi people,” said the national coordinator of the United Left, Eva Solla. Read more
PUSL – [BRUSSELS, JANUARY 23] The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee approved today the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement which includes the maritime area of Western Sahara. The Commission in no way respects the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of February 2018, in which it is explicit that such an agreement could not be applied to Western Sahara. The agreement was approved with 17 votes in favor, 7 against and 2 abstentions.
Parliament’s Plenary (all MEPs) will have to make the final vote on 13 February.
Following the disastrous vote on the EU / Morocco trade agreement, which also violates the CJEU rulings, there seems to be no intention of European politicians to respect international law or it’s own court. Read more