EU and Rabat sign fish deal without awaiting Parliament's vote
While the European Parliament still has to vote on the newly proposed EU-Morocco fish deal, the EU Member States and Morocco have already inked the text.
Published: 19.11 - 2013 18:06Printer version    
Yesterday, 18 November 2013, the EU Council and Morocco have signed the newly proposed EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement and its corresponding Protocol. This was done in as much discretion as possible at the request of Morocco, which appears to be somewhat hesitant as the European Parliament is still to pronounce itself on the deal.

Parliament is expected to vote on the proposal in December. Two years ago, in December 2011, the Parliament rejected the previously proposed Fisheries Agreement with Morocco, demanding the text be renegotiated for three main reasons: the deal did not respect the fundamental rights of the people of Western Sahara, it was not profitable for the EU, and it contained no guarantees on the sustainable management of the fish stocks, even after an independent evaluation had demonstrated that Morocco was failing on that front.

Morocco has now increased the fishing licences it will issue to the EU fleet by 33%, in exchange for an annual € 40 million. The EU's financial contribution is thus higher than under the previous arrangement, though the added burden will be borne by the shipowners using the licences.

The new fisheries arrangement will once again allow the EU fleet to fish not only in Morocco, but also in the waters of occupied Western Sahara. The European Commission has however not sought the consent of the Saharawi people on the deal which will profoundly impact the fish stocks in their occupied waters.

The EU Member States on Friday, 15 November 2013, formally endorsed the proposal in the Council for Economy. Only two countries opposed the deal: Sweden and Denmark.






    

Top


EN ES FR DE AR

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.
EU Court cases on Western Sahara for dummies

tn_law_hammer.jpg

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.
Support Western Sahara Resource Watch

tn_sjovik_demo_610.jpg

Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.
Report: Moroccan green energy used for plunder

tn_poweringplunder_eng_610.jpg

At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.

WSRW.org News Archive 2020
WSRW.org News Archive 2019
WSRW.org News Archive 2018
WSRW.org News Archive 2017
WSRW.org News Archive 2016
WSRW.org News Archive 2015
WSRW.org News Archive 2014
WSRW.org News Archive 2013
WSRW.org News Archive 2012
WSRW.org News Archive 2011
WSRW.org News Archive 2010
WSRW.org News Archive 2009
WSRW.org News Archive 2008
WSRW.org News Archive 2007
WSRW.org News Archive 2004-2006


Register for our English newsletter:









These web pages have been built with the financial support of the trade union Industry Energy