Following today's announcement that the EU will start talks with Morocco for a new fisheries protocol that will also be applied to Western Sahara, the representative body of the people of Western Sahara states it will "initiate new legal proceedings before EU Courts".
Earlier today, the EU Member States gave the EU Commission green light to open direct negotiations with Morocco with a view to obtain a new fisheries protocol - one that will also be applied to occupied Western Sahara
The Polisario Front, the UN-recognised representation of the people of Western Sahara, reacted wih a press release in which they say that "today's decision of the EU Council leaves no other choice to the Frente Polisario but to initiate new legal proceedings, on behalf of the people of Western Sahara, before EU Courts". Read Polisario's full press statement here
In February this year, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled
that the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco is only legally valid if not applied to Western Sahara. The ruling followed the reasoning behind the Court's judgment of December 2016
, which stated that no EU trade or association agreement with Morocco could be applied to Western Sahara, without the consent of the people of the territory.
No consent has so far been sought by the Commission or Council.