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Parliamentary questions
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31 May 2017
Question for written answer E-003616-17
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Barbara Matera (PPE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — CJEU ruling — Amount of trade coming from Western Sahara
 Answer in writing 

On 29 May 2017, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations on the adaptation of protocols to the Agreement between the European Union and Morocco and adopted directives for the negotiations. This adaptation of the EU-Morocco Agreement aims to comply with the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of 21 December 2016 in relation to Western Sahara.

In order to ensure that the Commission can defend the interests of the European Union, and notably of the European companies involved in trade with Western Sahara, to the best of its ability during the course of these negotiations, it is essential to assess the amount of trade concerned before the negotiations are launched. Such figures do not appear to be publicly available on the Commission websites.

Can the VP/HR clarify the amount of trade coming from Western Sahara on an annual basis?

What are the main economic sectors concerned by the current negotiations?

What is the total volume of goods originating in Western Sahara that has entered the European Union since the abovementioned CJEU ruling?

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