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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0691/2011
12.12.2011
PE479.397v01-00
 
B7-0698/2011

further to Question for Oral Answer B7‑0671/2011

pursuant to Rule 115(5) of the Rules of Procedure


on the future Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial compensation provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco


João Ferreira, Patrick Le Hyaric, Willy Meyer, Nikolaos Chountis on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group

European Parliament resolution on the future Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial compensation provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco  
B7‑0698/2011

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco (Regulation (EC) No 764/2006 of 22 May 2006),

–   having regard to the current protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial compensation provided for in the Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco (0000/2011),

–   having regard to the consent procedure, as provided for in Article 43(2) and Article 218(6), second paragraph, subparagraph (a), of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C7-0000/2011),

–   having regard to the opinions of the Committee on Development and the Committee on Budgets (A7-0000/2011 and A7-0000/2011),

–   having regard to the external ex-post evaluation of the previous protocol, which was in force in the period 2007-2011,

–   having regard to the opinion of Parliament’s Legal Service on the Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Morocco (SJ-0269/09, D(2009)37828), of 14 July 2009,

–   having regard to Rules 115(5) and 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas fisheries partnership agreements should seek to achieve economic and social objectives through close scientific and technical cooperation ensuring sustainable exploitation of fish stocks;

B.  whereas cooperation should be based on mutual interest and should take the form of initiatives and measures which, whether taken jointly or separately, are complementary and ensure consistent policies;

C. whereas, according to the external ex-post evaluation report conducted at the behest of the Commission, the previous protocol was clearly unsatisfactory; whereas, among other things, it failed to help deliver development of the fisheries sector in Morocco and there are still concerns regarding the state of preservation of many fishing stocks;

D. whereas the protocol established between the EU and Morocco implicitly recognises Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, its waters and its fishery resources, in clear breach of international law and all the UN resolutions on the subject;

E.  whereas Moroccan sovereignty has never been recognised by international law, as was highlighted in the opinion delivered by the International Court of Justice in The Hague in October 1975; whereas Morocco, which is illegally occupying Western Sahara, has therefore no sovereignty over that territory’s natural resources;

F.  whereas any future protocol negotiated by the Commission must address the problems identified in the previous and current protocols;

1.  Demands that any future protocol on the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement that grants fishing opportunities to EU fishermen in waters coming under the sovereignty and within the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of Morocco be restricted solely to the waters north of the 27º 40' N parallel, in compliance with international law;

2.  Stresses that, in order to comply with international law, economic activities relating to the exploitation of the natural resources of a Non-Self-Governing Territory must be carried out for the benefit of the people of that territory, and in accordance with their wishes; considers it essential to hear the views of the legitimate representatives of the people of Western Sahara on any agreement relating to the exploitation of the natural resources of that territory;

3.  Upholds the inalienable right of sovereignty of the people of Western Sahara over the natural resources present on their territory, including their fishery resources;

4.  Draws attention to the vital need to safeguard the proper medium and long-term conservation of marine ecosystems; believes that cooperation with Morocco should be stepped up significantly in this area too;

5.  Points out with concern that FPAs in general have often been reduced to a transfer of appropriations to third countries in exchange for the right to exploit their fishery resources, with little regard being shown for the cooperation dimension of such agreements; considers the FPA between the EU and Morocco to be an illustration of this; draws attention to the fact that this restrictive approach to FPAs runs contrary to the spirit and explicit aims of such agreements;

6.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the Moroccan authorities.

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