EU Court cases on Western Sahara for dummies
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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.
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The Polisario Front - the UN recognised representation of the people of Western Sahara - brought four actions against the EU Council before the EU Court:
- one calling for the annulment of the EU-Morocco Agriculture Agreement
- one calling for the annulment of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement
- one calling for the annulment of the EU-Morocco Aviation Agreement
- one calling for the annulment the Council Decision of 16 April 2018, authorising the EU Commission to renegotiate the Fisheries Protocol with Morocco.

Their reason for trying the EU Council? The agreements were being applied to Western Sahara.

In the UK, Western Sahara Campaign UK - a solidarity group - brought action in the UK High Court against two British government agencies: Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HRMC) and the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Western Sahara Campaign UK argued that the UK was unlawfully allowing products, originating from or processed in Western Sahara, to be imported into the country under a trade agreement with Morocco.

Through the links below, find timelines of key-events for each of these court cases. In chronological order.


1. Polisario tries EU Council over EU-Morocco Agriculture Agreement

2. Polisario tries EU Council over EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement

3. Case initiated by Western Sahara Campaign UK against UK Government Agencies - Referred to CJEU

4. Polisario tries EU Council over EU-Morocco Aviation Agreement

5. Polisario tries EU Council over authorizing Commission to open talks with Morocco for amending the territorial scope of the Fisheries Agreement and for concluding a new Protocol



    

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EU Court cases on Western Sahara for dummies

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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.
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