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11 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Klaus Buchner
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Proof of preferential origin of products originating in Western Sahara

For the purpose of granting preference to products eligible under the joint declaration concerning the application of Protocols 1 and 4 to the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Kingdom of Morocco, of the other part, could the Commission confirm that:

Proofs of preferential origin covering such products shall not state ‘Morocco’ as the origin of those products;

EU importers shall not indicate the origin of such products as ‘Morocco’ on any customs declaration;

Where a proof of preferential origin covering such products does not conform with the above requirements, it can nonetheless be considered valid for the purpose of proving the product’s eligibility for preferences under the ‘Joint Declaration’, irrespective of the correctness of the importer’s declaration of preferential origin?

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