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Parliamentary questions
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24 November 2017
Question for written answer E-007241-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sergio Gaetano Cofferati (S&D)

 Subject:  Products from territories in Western Sahara
 Answer in writing 

On 21 December 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in Case C-104/16 P — Council v Front Polisario, that no trade or association agreement between the EU and Morocco may be applied to Western Sahara, since the territory is ‘separate and distinct’ from Morocco.

In view of this judgment and the studies carried out, for example by Oceana (2013 and 2016) and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece, 2011) on the labelling of products, especially fish, it is essential to ensure accurate product labelling, above all to prevent any fraud at the expense of consumers.

What measures have been taken or are being planned to ensure effective control of agricultural and fish products from the Western Sahara in the interests of consumer protection and protection of the EU market?

Can the Commission ensure that, in line with the ECJ judgment, all products from Western Sahara entering the European Union are labelled with ISO code EH (and not MA, which is used on Moroccan products)?

Can the Commission guarantee that agricultural and fishery products from Western Sahara do not benefit from preferential tariffs under the EU-Morocco agreement?

Original language of question: IT 
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