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Parliamentary questions
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13 February 2018
Question for written answer E-000903-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Estefanía Torres Martínez (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Oil explorations off the coast of the Canary Islands
 Answer in writing 

Oil explorations off the coast of the Canary Islands are a potential environmental problem and could have a serious impact on tourism on the islands.

Morocco has recently granted permission to the Italian energy company ENI in the Tarfaya Basin, close to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, where Repsol performed drilling in 2014.

The decision of the Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) could face international legal proceedings because the area where the exploration is taking place is in the north of Western Sahara.

Taking into account a sentence passed by the Court of Justice on 21 December 2016 concerning relations between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco, can the Commission say:
1. Is it lawful for an Italian company to exploit resources in Saharawi waters?
2. Is the Commission considering the environmental impact that the oil exploration could have on the Canary Islands’ coast?
Original language of question: ES 
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