29.04 - 2020. Category: The fishing industry The fishing industryThe rich fish stocks of occupied Western Sahara have not only attracted the interest of the Moroccan fleet: other foreign interests are also fishing in the occupied waters through arrangements with Moroccan counterparts. Along the Western Saharan coastline, a processing industry has emerged.
30.05 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Can the EU answer these questions on Western Sahara trade talks?Today, the EU Commission will answer questions from EU Parliamentarians about its plans to negotiate a trade arrangement for Western Sahara, with Morocco - the country that occupies the territory. Such an agreement is not legal, according to European top court. The Commission’s trade plans are kept away from public scrutiny.
17.03 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Spain confirms: EU-Morocco trade deal not for Western Sahara goodsThe Spanish government in a statement yesterday confirmed the EU court's judgement that Western Sahara goods are not covered by the EU-Morocco trade deal. Spain states it is up to France to make sure the controversial trade of fish oil from 'Key Bay' vessel was properly tariffed.
25.01 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Key Bay unloaded all cargo in Fécamp, FranceUpon arrival to Ghent, Belgium, tomorrow, the controversial vessel Key Bay - transporting fish oil from Western Sahara into the EU - will be empty.
22.01 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Key Bay just outside of port of FécampThe vessel carrying fish oil from occupied Western Sahara is about to enter its port of destination, after a delay of at least two days.
14.01 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Key Bay appears at Las Palmas horizonThe vessel carrying fish oil from occupied Western Sahara into the EU is at present entering the harbour of Las Palmas.
14.01 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Key Bay is now heading to Las PalmasAfter a long stay-over in Mauritania, the chemical tanker 'Key Bay' is now on its way to the EU with fish oil from occupied Western Sahara. First stop: Las Palmas.
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.