EU-Morocco fisheries agreements qualified as invalid by EU Court of Justice
Cour de justice de l’Union européenne
COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE n° 1/18
Luxembourg, le 10 janvier 2018
Conclusions de l’avocat général dans l’affaire C-266/16
The Queen et Western Sahara Campaign/Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs et Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
According to Advocate General Wathelet, the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco is invalid because it applies to Western Sahara and the waters adjacent to it.
In concluding this agreement, the Union has violated its obligation to respect the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination and not to recognize an unlawful situation resulting from its violation and has not put in place the necessary guarantees to ensure that the exploitation of the natural resources of Western Sahara is done for the benefit of the people of this territory.