The Moroccan Regime Awaits With Horror An EU Court Ruling Not In Its Favor
On Monday, October 23, 2023, the European Court of Justice began to examine the appeal submitted by the Moroccan regime regarding the extension of the sea fishing agreement contract between the Alaouite Kingdom and the European Union, which the European Court of Justice suspended more than once in its preliminary ruling, but the decision that will be issued this time will be final and officially prevent European governments from concluding any agreement with the Moroccan regime that includes the occupied Sahrawi territories.
On December 21, 2016, the European judiciary recognized that the Sahrawi territories do not belong to Moroccan sovereignty, and therefore the agreements concluded by the Moroccan regime with the member states of the European Union to fish in the territorial waters of the occupied Western Sahara are considered illegal and must be stopped because they constitute a drain on the natural wealth of the Sahrawi people.
In the face of the Moroccan regime’s and European governments’ attempts to circumvent the decision of the European judiciary, the Sahrawi government filed another lawsuit demanding an immediate halt to the depletion of the Sahrawi natural wealth, and in 2021 it obtained another judicial ruling that addressed the political aspect of the issue, upholding the first ruling and confirming that the Kingdom of Morocco has no sovereignty over the matter. However, Rabat and Brussels quickly appealed the ruling to prevent the immediate suspension of the fisheries agreement.
However, as the appeal deadline approached, the member states of the European Union took a decisive decision not to renew the agreement, which expired on July 17, so as not to find themselves in an inevitable dilemma after less than a year, certain that the European judiciary would uphold the appealed ruling before the end of the current year, according to those who follow this file.
Despite the Moroccan regime’s desperate attempts to reach out to some European countries with which it has strong relations, such as the government of Pedro Sanchez, which has been temporarily managing Spain’s affairs since its defeat in last summer’s general elections, this time the European partners expressed their rejection of any consultations in this regard because of the political repercussions that could result from any new circumvention of the law, a few months before the issuance of a final and definitive judicial decision.
Despite this rejection, the maneuvers of the Kingdom of Morocco to draw some European countries into the forbidden situation did not stop, working to conclude bilateral agreements, and the focus was on Spain because of the strong relations between the Moroccan regime and the Prime Minister of Madrid, the loser of the recent legislative elections. It proposed to allow the Spanish fishermen, who have stopped their activities, to fish in the territorial waters of occupied Western Sahara, an information that was previously leaked by the Spanish newspaper “Espanol”.
The Moroccan offer was “a little ingenious” to “establish relations between companies from both sides in the fishing sector, with Spanish fishermen fishing in boats owned by Moroccan fishermen (flying the Moroccan flag) for the purpose of camouflage.
This maneuver was defended by one of the Spanish ministers whose phone was spied on by the Moroccan secret service using Zionist software in the so-called “Pegasus” scandal, the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas.
The Spanish party is considered the most affected among the member states of the European Union after the decision not to renew the sea fishing agreement between Rabat and Brussels. Of the 138 licenses granted by the Moroccan regime to the European Union under the suspended protocol, 93 are for Spanish fishing fleets.