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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000354/2018

Western Sahara is listed by the United Nations (UN) as a non-self-governing territory, whose final status remains the object of a negotiation process conducted under the auspices of the UN, the outcome of which cannot be prejudged.

The European Union (EU) also recalls that, according to the rules of procedure of the European Court of Justice, the opinion of the Advocate General is non-binding on the Court. Moreover, in the Case C-266/16, the Court did not pronounce itself on the matters referred to by the Member of Parliament. The Commission will comply with the judgment of the European Court of Justice, whose decisions are binding on all EU institutions and Member States.

The EU recalls its support to the UN Secretary-General’s efforts to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the UN.

Last updated: 17 May 2018Legal notice