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3 February 2017
Question for written answer E-000807-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
José Bové (Verts/ALE) , Klaus Buchner (Verts/ALE) , Jill Evans (Verts/ALE) , Bodil Valero (Verts/ALE) , Max Andersson (Verts/ALE) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Paloma López Bermejo (GUE/NGL) , Takis Hadjigeorgiou (GUE/NGL) , Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL) , Rina Ronja Kari (GUE/NGL) , Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL) , Kostadinka Kuneva (GUE/NGL) , Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL) , Patrick Le Hyaric (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Western Sahara and EU-Morocco negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA)
 Answer in writing 

During the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of 9 January 2017, EEAS Managing Director stated that the EU is willing to restart negotiations on the DCFTA with Morocco.

On 21 December 2016, the Grand Chamber of the ECJ ruled that, according to the UN Charter, Western Sahara is not a part of the sovereign territory of Morocco and that, following the erga omnes principle of self-determination and the general principle of relative effect of treaties, the EU-Morocco Association and Liberalisation Agreements could not be applicable to Western Sahara without the consent of the people of Western Sahara.

Can the Commission confirm that, following the principles laid down by the ECJ, Western Sahara will be excluded from the negotiations with Morocco on the DCFTA?

Can the Commission confirm that the EU-Morocco DCFTA will not be applicable, either de jure or de facto, to the occupied Sahrawi territories without the consent of the people of Western Sahara?

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