EU-Morocco fisheries agreement: Spanish Parliamentarians call their government to comply with CJEU decision

Madrid, March 15, 2017 (SPS) - Spanish deputies of the parliamentarian intergroup of support and friendship with Western Sahara called on their government to comply with the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which stipulates that the fisheries agreement between EU and Morocco is not applicable to the territories of Western Sahara and its waters.

In a communiqué published after their visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps, the Spanish deputies underlined that “in order to ensure the respect of CJEU’s decision by the commercial companies and Spanish citizens who could be interested in the use and exploitation of the natural resources of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), the Spanish government must urgently initiate a procedure leading to the implementation of the decision of 27 February 2018.”

The parliamentarians also called on the Spanish government to extend the humanitarian aid to the Sahrawi refugees which has been noticeably reduced in the past few years while underlining that they noted the decrease in the funds that the Spanish government allocates to the Sahrawi refugee population.

The parliamentarians of the intergroup of peace and freedom for Western Sahara also pointed out the need to raise the representation of the Frente POLISARIO in Spain to the diplomatic rank.

“The recognition of SADR will allow establishing privileged relations in the cultural, economic, political and human levels,” they said while underscoring Spain’s historic responsibility in the conflict of Western Sahara and its presence as a member at UN Human Rights Council.SPS