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Parliamentary questions
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17 October 2016
Question for written answer E-007791-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Paloma López Bermejo (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Plundering of Western Sahara's resources
 Answer in writing 

The Western Sahara Resource Watch organisation has reported that the Key Bay vessel, registered in Gibraltar, docked on 17 September at the French port of Fécamp with fish oil from the occupied territories of Western Sahara. The oil was probably being imported by the company Olvea for sale in the European Union.

The CJEU judgment of 10 December 2015 ruled that the trade treaty with Morocco concerning products of this kind was not valid, since Western Sahara was included, illegally, in its scope. The judgment, which is the subject of an appeal but has not been suspended, has recently been endorsed by the Advocate General of the CJEU, who confirmed that the Kingdom of Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara under international law.

Should the above report be confirmed, this would constitute a serious violation of the European Union’s decision and of international law.

1. Has the Commission been in contact with the French authorities concerning the docking of the Key Bay vessel from Western Sahara?

2. Does the Commission know whether the flow of imports from Western Sahara has been halted pursuant to the CJEU judgment of 10 December 2015?

3. What steps is it taking to ensure that the CJEU judgment is complied with?

Original language of question: ES 
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