MADRID – Spanish MEP Clara Aguilera , which led a delegation of European parliamentarians in the region of Cadiz from 17 to 19 December, acknowledged that "it is not clear" that the European Parliament approves the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, since many MEPs judging it to be in breach of the two judgments of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)
"Many parliamentarians believe that the text signed in July between the European Union and Morocco does not meet the criteria established by the Court of Justice of the European Communities (CJEU)," said Aguilera in statements to the press reported by the Spanish news agency EFE.
The Socialist MEP, who chairs the parliamentary mission in Cadiz, explained that many European parliamentarians are skeptical of the agreement's compliance with the two ECJ judgments that Western Sahara is a "separate" territory and "separated" from the Kingdom of Morocco and that any extension of agreement to this occupied territory requires the "consent" of the people of Western Sahara.
Ms Aguila therefore stressed that '' it is not clear that the European Parliament approves this new protocol ''.
"We will see what happens," she added, recognizing that there is "a long way to go" before the agreement in the European Parliament.
For their part, the MEPs of Podemos and the United Left unambiguously oppose the return of European trawlers into the waters of occupied Western Sahara.
For the moment, committees in the European Parliament are examining the agreement concluded last July with Morocco.
For its part, and faced with the attempts of Morocco, the occupying power of Western Sahara, and Spain (former colonial power) to convince MEPs of an adoption of the fisheries agreement, the Polisario Front, alone representative of the Saharawi people, with the support of his supporters in Strasbourg, is conducting a strong campaign under the theme of compliance with the two judgments of the CJEU excluding products of Western Sahara trade agreements between the European Union and Morocco.
Registered since 1966 on the list of non-self-governing territories, therefore eligible for the application of UN General Assembly Resolution 1514 on the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, Western Sahara is the last colony in Africa, occupied since 1975 by Morocco supported by France.