Trade deals should focus on opening up trade and should not be overloaded with all kinds of other purposes. And when politics does sneak into trade deals, it should be left to the elected politicians and not to judges, writes Pieter Cleppe.
On January 10, Melchior Wathelet, Advocate General of the Luxembourg-based ECJ (European Court of Justice), made the comments that EU-Morocco fisheries agreement should be declared null and void because it includes Western Sahara.
On February 27, 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is expected to issue an important decision that would to significant extent determine the future of EU’s relationship with North Africa, particularly Morocco.
The Advocate General of the European Union Court of Justice (EUCJ) issued Wednesday a second opinion advocating the invalidation of the Morocco-EU fisheries agreement, in total contradiction with the European policy towards Morocco.
The audit report on the Morocco-EU fisheries accord, commissioned by the European Commission, concluded that the agreement has worked satisfactorily and that 75% of its socio-economic impacts benefit the Moroccan southern regions, and recommended the renewal of this agreement, which will expire i
Is Morocco on the verge of winning the post-verdict battle of the Court of Justice of the European Union pronounced on the 21st of December 2016. The Secretary General of the Ministry of Fisheries announced in Vigo, Galicia that in two weeks negotiations will be launched to discuss a new EU fisheries agreement with Morocco.
The new EU-Moroccan trade negotiations have been targeted by a group of MEPs and the Polisario Front. Both believe that these talks would be in conflict with the CJEU’s verdict pronounced on the 21st of December 2016. The Front even called for the organization of a separate agreement with the EU.