The European Parliament's new legal opinion states that Morocco has never claimed an Exclusive Economic Zone over the waters off Western Sahara. Read the full text of the opinion here.
The Legal Opinion, shared with the European Parliamentarians on Monday, focuses on three different questions.
1. Has Morocco declared an exclusive economic zone off the waters of Western Sahara?
2. If not, would Morocco have the legal basis upon which to make a claim of an EEZ there, and what would it be?
3. If not, what is the legal requirement for the EU to pay for fishing in international waters?
Read the EP legal service's analysis of those questions here.
This is the follow up of the previous legal opinion which established that the wishes and the interests of the Saharawi people are paramount. Those references are no longer present in the current text.
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