' EU-Morocco fisheries agreement would be valid, but does not apply to Western Sahara '

' The fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco is valid as long as this does not apply to the Western Sahara and the adjacent waters. '

"The fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco is valid as long as this does not apply to the Western Sahara and the adjacent waters," ruled the Court of Justice of the European Union (cjeu).

The cjeu is therefore of the opinion that the fisheries agreement is valid, contrary to the opinion of Advocate General Wathelet to the EU Court in a British case. However, it is also of the opinion that it does not touch on "waters adjacent to the Sahara".  The EU Court ruled that "the territory of Western Sahara does not fall under the concept of" Moroccan territory "within the meaning of article 11 of the partnership agreement".

There was long been looking forward to the decision of the cjeu, because it concerns the future of the fisheries agreement and in particular the future of relations between the EU and Morocco.

The EU-Moroccan fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) is a fisheries agreement between the European Community and Morocco, allowing European ships along the Moroccan coasts can fish. In Exchange for a financial contribution, get European ships access to the territorial waters of Marokko.De FPA is considered one of the most important fisheries agreements of the European Community. Ships from 11 European Member States by means of the agreement access to Moroccan waters; It concerns ships from France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

The ruling of the ECJ is here: