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EU Commission eying new fish deal including Western Sahara
Not awaiting the EU Court of Justice’s verdict on the legality of the current fisheries protocol with Morocco over the inclusion of Western Sahara’s waters, the EU Commission is already thinking out loud about its successor.
Indonesia to start trade talks to boost exports
Indonesia seeks to initiate negotiations on trade agreements under both bilateral and regional schemes this year to help jack up the country’s exports.
A declaration from North Africa: food sovereignty is a right
We stand against the plunder of peoples’ resources by multinationals and financial capital and against all forms of discrimination and racism.
Morocco negotiates FTA with Mercosur
Morocco and the Mercosur have recently started technical negotiations to pave the way for the conclusion of a free trade agreement.
Morocco and EU discuss amending agriculture deal
The two sides discussed the amendment of the Morocco-EU agriculture agreement, after the European Court of Justice ruled in December 2016 that is not applicable to goods from Western Sahara.
EU Parliament approves Morocco aviation deal including Western Sahara
Opposition referred to the inclusion of Western Sahara, which they say renders the deal illegal under EU law.
Western Sahara trade dispute to be heard in the Court of Justice of the European Union
WSCUK argues that the UK was unlawfully allowing products, originating from or processed in Western Sahara, to be imported into the UK under a trade agreement with Morocco.
Saharawi organisations slam EU over trade talks with Morocco
"Seeking to circumvent the ECJ’s ruling, directly challenges the credibility of the EU, and significantly damages the potential for progress through the UN-led negotiation process", Saharawi groups qualify the EU’s talks with Morocco regarding Western Sahara trade, in their letter to the EU’s Foreign Affairs Chief.
Spur self-sustaining development of Africa via more Japanese investment
Japan intends to conclude new bilateral investment treaties with 13 countries, including Algeria and Morocco.
Nigeria says Ecowas studying ramifications of Morocco membership
Several Nigerian lobby groups, including an organization of retired ambassadors, are putting pressure on the Nigerian government to reject the application because of the decades-old dispute over Western Sahara and Morocco’s geographical distance.
Argentina’s congress ratifies Mercosur-Egypt agreement
Argentina was the only signatory country that hadn’t yet ratified the free trade agreement, which can now go into effect.
Nigeria and Morocco move towards a “new generation” of bilateral investment treaties
The treaty is an important attempt by two developing countries to move toward a new generation of BITs fully aligned with the evolution of international law.
Is international investment law moving the ball forward on IHRL obligations for business enterprises?
While the debate on the treaty regulating business impact on human rights is likely to continue for a while longer, some recent developments in international investment law seem to be moving forward on international human rights law obligations for businesses
Morocco - Nigeria BIT (2016)
Morocco and Nigeria sign new investment treaty
Morocco and Nigeria signed a new investment treaty, which is a good illustration of the new “generation” of investment protection.
French government dilutes Court of Justice conclusion
A note sent from French government to the French parliamentarians in Brussels casts doubts on whether France has studied the judgment at all.
EU deeply divided over Western Sahara policy
The ECJ has ruled that EU trade agreements can only apply to Western Sahara if the legitimate representatives of its people agree to it. In practice, the EU’s 2017 list of approved exporters from Morocco still includes entities based in Western Sahara.
Spain confirms: EU-Morocco trade deal not for Western Sahara goods
The Spanish government in a statement confirmed the EU court’s judgement that Western Sahara goods are not covered by the EU-Morocco trade deal.
Western Sahara: MEPs urge European Commission comply with CJEU ruling
Members of the European Parliament have urged the European commission to comply with the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union which excluded Western Sahara territories of the EU-Morocco Association Agreement.
EU to uphold Morocco farm accord despite Western Sahara ruling
The European Union promised to maintain a farm deal with Morocco, seeking to reassure Rabat that the accord was not endangered by an EU court ruling that the country’s trade accords do not apply to the disputed Western Sahara region.