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Parliamentary questions
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14 December 2016
Question for written answer E-009399-16
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Miguel Viegas (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Illegal exploitation of resources in Western Sahara
 Answer in writing 

Under the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement, Morocco receives EUR 14 million a year from the EU to develop its fisheries sector. A recent report by Western Sahara Resource Watch revealed that Morocco spent around 60% of this funding in illegally occupied territory of Western Sahara, in particular, the coastal towns of Dakhla and Laayoune. These projects, carried out with the Commission’s full knowledge, violate the application of EC law, as the Partnership Agreement was declared illegal by the European Court of Justice in December 2015.

Furthermore, some of Morocco’s renewable energy development projects are taking place in occupied Western Sahara. Energy is generated there, without the consent of its people, and exported back to Morocco with the participation of EU companies such as Siemens. Companies from the EU being involved in the plundering of natural resources in Western Sahara not only hinders progression of the UN’s political process, but also strengthens Morocco’s illegal occupation of Western Sahara.

What are the High Representative’s views on this situation and what action will she take in response to these unlawful activities?

Original language of question: PT 
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