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Parliamentary questions
21 June 2010
Answer given by Ms Damanaki on behalf of the Commission

In response to the question of the Honourable Members on the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) between Morocco and the EU, the Commission would like to provide the following clarifications:

As referred to by the Honourable Members, the UN Corell opinion confirms that in a non-self governing territory, as is the case of the Western Sahara, exploitation activities should be carried out ‘for the benefit of the peoples of those Territories, on their behalf or in consultation with their representatives’. The Commission is of the view that it is Morocco's responsibility to ensure that this is the case.

While the Commission may choose to have contacts with other parties, it is not by any means possible for the Commission to substitute itself to Morocco in exercising its responsibilities. During the last meeting of the Joint Committee with Morocco, the Commission requested additional information about the socioeconomic effects of the fishing activities and the sector support foreseen by the FPA.

The Commission has not received such information yet. This information or lack thereof will feed into its decision-making process regarding its future decisions and the possibility of a renewal of the expiring protocol. In the meantime, the Commission remains of the view that the activities implemented in the framework of the Agreement in the Western Sahara may have a positive effect on the Western Sahara economy, for example through landing of catches, embarkation of local seamen, and use of local ports.

OJ C 138 E, 07/05/2011
Last updated: 29 July 2010Legal notice