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.
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.
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.
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.
Morocco’s government warned the European Union that its failure to fully implement a joint agriculture deal would have severe consequences
The Washington Times highlighted the considerable achievement that the Frente Polisario gained in the international sphere in its struggle for the self-determination of the Sahrawi people.
See statement and press conference held in Brussels.
The highest Court of the European Union this morning found that EU’s trade agreement with Morocco cannot be implemented in Western Sahara.
From this winter on, Swiss supermarkets will probably, for the first time, no longer sell tomatoes from occupied Western Sahara.
This surge in the ratification of “Intra-African” BITs is part of the Moroccan “South-South Partnership” strategy
Western Sahara is not part of Moroccan territory and therefore the EU-Morocco Association Agreement is not applicable to it: an advocate general at the Court of Justice in Brussels.
The large increase of plantation infrastructure in occupied Western Sahara at the time when Morocco and the EU were negotiating a trade agreement suggests that the Moroccan government and the Moroccan/French companies involved had expected the trade agreement to go through.
The European Court of Justice is due to hear a case on Tuesday (19 July) examining the EU’s role in facilitating exploitation of Africa’s last colony by one of Europe’s close allies.
The EU Court has now officially confirmed that five EU Member States will intervene in favour of Morocco in the proceedings to reverse the Court’s decision to halt imports from occupied Western Sahara through a trade deal with Morocco.
A handful of EU Member States will intervene in the European Court proceedings in favour of Morocco, asking the Court to reverse its decision to cancel the EU-Morocco trade deal in occupied Western Sahara.
The head for fruits and vegetables at COAG is requesting in the European Parliament for the immediate implementation of the ruling cancelling the agreement for free agricultural trade between the EU and Morocco because of the illegal inclusion of Western Sahara.
All four members states of the EFTA free trade association conclude in the same way as the Court of Justice of the European Union. Goods from Western Sahara cannot be inluded in free trade agreements with Morocco.
The Official Journal of the European Union has published the appeal brought by the EU Council against the Court of Justice of the EU’s decision to annul the EU-Morocco agricultural agreement insofar as it applies in Western Sahara.
EU trade agreements with Morocco and Vietnam could see rough times ahead after criticism of the lack of impact assessment on human rights.
Human Rights Watch states that "countries should not import goods produced in Western Sahara labeled as Made in Morocco or under preferential tariff agreements with Morocco".