Published: 26.07 - 2018 11:09Printer version    
December 2011 – The European Parliament rejects the one-year extension of the Protocol to the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement.

January 2012 – EU Commission asks the EU Member States to be mandated to renegotiate a fisheries protocol with Morocco.

July 2013 – The EU Commission initials a new Fisheries Protocol with Morocco, which will allow EU vessels to resume fishing in the waters of Western Sahara.

November 2013 – A divided EU Council (COREPER) decides to back the proposed new Fisheries Protocol with Morocco. Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the UK and the Netherlands did not support the deal.

December 2013 – The European Parliament votes in favour of the new EU-Morocco Fisheries Protocol.

March 2014 - FP brings action against EU Council (case T-180/14), asking annulment of Council decision concluding the FPA Protocol with Morocco.

July 2014 -  The Protocol enters into force.

2017 - The Court decides to judge on the below and related case from Western Sahara Campaign UK first, and on the Polisario case later. The Western Sahara Campaign UK case judgment came on 27 February 2018.

14 June 2018 - Polisario tries the decision from the Council of 16 April 2018 to open negotiations for a new fisheries agreement.

19 July 2018 - Only weeks before the 4 year EU-Morocco fisheries agreement is set to expire at the end of July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union judges the agreement inapplicable to Western Sahara.




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.
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