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Parliamentary questions
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2 May 2017
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-009399/2016

The current Protocol to the Fisheries Agreement is a legal text that differs from the Agriculture Agreement in its considerations and provisions.

The EU recalls that no Agreement has been declared illegal and that the Court of Justice of the European Union judgment upheld the appeal brought by the Council of the European Union and set aside the judgment of the General Court delivered on 10 December 2015. The Council Decision concluding the EU-Morocco Agricultural Agreement remains, therefore, valid.

As regards renewable energy projects in Western Sahara, the EU does not finance any such projects and when approached by European companies and citizens, the EU informs them accordingly of the legal status of Western Sahara and in particular regarding the exploitation of natural resources.

The latter is specified in a legal opinion of a United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs (S/2202/161 of 12 February 2002).

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.

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