The Mixed Commission of spanish and moroccan Fisheries Professionals has expressed its disagreement with the European Union Justice Court advocate conclusion on the validity of the fisheries agreement between the EU and the Kingdom of Morocco.
According to European Union Court of Justice’s Advocate General Melchior Wathelet opinion, the European Union, signing a fishing agreement with Morocco had failed to respect the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination.
Fot the Mixed Commission, the agreement guarantees respect of international law and human rights and, since the opinion of the Advocate General counsel is not binding, it trusts the EU Justice Court will adopt a judgment favorable to the validity of the agreement.
The members of the Mixed Commission doesn’t agree with the political evaluation of the question when Melchior Wathelet said that “several of the answers to be given to these questions will have political ramifications”. For them, that “is out of place.”
They underline the strong cooperation Morocco and the EU maintain within the framework of the neighborhood policy that led the country to accede to the “Advanced Statute” in 2008. For them, Advocate General ignored « the richness and depth of relations between Morocco and the EU ».
According to the co-presidents of the Mixed Hispano-Moroccan Commission of Fishing Professionals, Omar Akouri and Javier Garat, “the fisheries agreement between the EU and the Kingdom of Morocco has proved to be positive for both parties and is also essential for advance in the sustainable management of fisheries resources.”
The Mixed Commission also notes that between 2014 and 2016, the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement generated 1,000 work contracts corresponding to the embarkation of Moroccan sailors on EU vessels.
Source : Agencies