Source: European Parliament
The Court of Justice ruling of February 2018 excluding territorial waters belonging under international law to Western Sahara from the scope of the partnership agreement in the fisheries sector between the EU and Morocco lays bare a situation that has been repeatedly criticised: ships flying the flag of EU Member States have operated illegally under these agreements. Thus, the EU has financed, directly or indirectly, the perpetuation of acts of resource exploration that are illegal under international law.
1. What quantity of funds has been paid to the Kingdom of Morocco under fisheries agreements with the EU?
2. How does the Commission intend to compensate the people of Western Sahara for the wrongful exploitation of resources that has taken place under successive EU-Morocco agreements, in particular as regards funds not directly used to develop fisheries and related sectors in Western Sahara?
3. How will the legitimate representatives of the Sahrawi people (which the UN deems to be the Polisario Front) be involved in establishing and assessing fisheries agreements concerning the territorial waters of Western Sahara?