Appeal submitted to CJUE against EU-Morocco agriculture agreements cannot succeed

Las Palmas (Spain), 11 November 2021 (SPS) - The appeal submitted by the Council of the European Union (EU) to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concerning the EU-Morocco fisheries and agriculture agreements cannot succeed because the judges of the first court have not omitted any details, said Friday Pierre Galand, the president of the European Coordination for Support and Solidarity with the Saharawi People (EUCOCO).

"The Polisario Front will win. The judges who made the first ruling had been working for months. They delivered a judgment of 73 pages," Galand told APS shortly before the opening of the 45th EUCOCO conference (10-11 December 2021) in Las Palmas, in Gran Canaria, Spain.

The decision in question was "extremely detailed" and "was made by four judges who knew full well that Europe was going to appeal."

Galand points out that Europe has decided to refer to the Court, in this case, which is a real "upheaval" in the functioning of the EU.

This means that "Europe admits that it is the Court of Justice that must decide how an (economic) agreement must be made," he said, adding "this is quite new."

It would also, from his point of view, be a "contradiction" if the CJEU annuls the decision because the Court itself had decided in 2016 and in 2018 that Western Sahara and Morocco were separate territories.

He stressed that Europe had recently criticized Poland for not complying with the decisions of the European Court, which should be valid for everyone, he argued.

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