EU-Morocco Euro-Mediterranean Agreement threatens the integrity of Western Sahara

The INTA Committee of the European Parliament is currently discussing a motion for a resolution with the objective to amend Protocols 1 and 4 to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement, establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Kingdom of Morocco, of which MEP Ladone Patricia is rapporteur.

SOLIDAR is not in favor of the ratification of any amendments of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement as this may severely hinder the ongoing peace process under the UN umbrella. Moreover, SOLIDAR emphasises that this agreement raises questions on the integrity of Western Sahara and calls on the EU to take all necessary steps to consult with the population concerned and get their consent, in particular Sahrawi people.

In its judgment of 21 December 2016 (para 106), CJEU General Court decided that the Agreement expressly stated that ‘people of Western Sahara must be regarded as a ‘third party’ […]’ and ‘[…] that implementation must receive the consent of such a third party. In the present case, however, the judgment under appeal does not show that the people of Western Sahara have expressed any such consent.’