The leaders of the Western Sahara Intergroup at the Parliament today sent a letter to their colleagues in the INTA committee, expressing their "deep concern". Download the letter here.
The parliamentarians are concerned about the lack of transparency, the rushed concluding of the negotiations, and the EU Commission's misreading of the conclusions of the Court of Justice of the EU.
"We cannot stress enough the need for the EU to live up to the rulings of its own court. Otherwise, and in a time when the European Commission has activated article 7 procedures against Poland over its breaches of the rule of law, the credibility of the European Union is at stake", the parliamentarians stress.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.