Morocco-EU. A legal framework for the stability of commercial relations

Morocco-EU. Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell assured in a joint statement “Take the necessary measures to ensure the legal framework which guarantees the continuation and stability of trade relations between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco”.

“We have taken note of the judgments delivered today by the General Court of the European Union, concerning the decisions of the Council of the European Union relating to the conclusion of the amendments to Protocols 1 and 4 of the Association Agreement between the ‘European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco relating to agricultural and other products, on the one hand, and the partnership agreement in the field of sustainable fishing, on the other hand’, they said.

The two parties announced that they had taken the necessary measures to ensure the legal framework that guarantees the continuation and stability of trade relations between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco to continue cooperation in a climate of serenity and commitment. , in order to consolidate the Euro-Moroccan partnership of shared prosperity, launched in June 2019.

For her part, lawyer Genevra Forwood indicated that the first instance decision of the General Court of the EU concerning the agricultural and fishing agreements with Morocco “Will not change anything on the ground for economic operators”. This first instance judgment of the General Court of the EU concerning the appeal for annulment of the decisions of the European Council concerning the agricultural and fisheries agreements with Morocco “Is not final and will not change anything on the ground for economic operators in the agricultural and fishing sectors”.

The court of the European Union rendered, Wednesday, September 29, its judgment in first instance concerning the appeal for annulment of the decisions of the European Council on the subject of agricultural and fisheries agreements with Morocco.

“A decision of a political nature and of no legal significance”

The court overturns these decisions “By maintaining their effects for a certain period in order to preserve the European Union’s external action and the legal certainty of its international commitments”, we read in the press release of the court reporting on this decision. According to the same source the effects of the two agreements are maintained “Because their cancellation with immediate effect is likely to have serious consequences on the European Union’s external action and call into question the legal certainty of the international commitments to which it has agreed”.

According to the president of the council of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, El Khattat Yanja, the decision of the General Court of the European Union concerning the agricultural and fishing agreements signed with Morocco covers “A political character” and did “No legal significance”. “The Moroccan Sahara is home to diplomatic representations of African countries and other continents. Washington’s position to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over its southern provinces is clear. How can Europe take this political position which has no legal significance? “Yanja said in a statement to the M24 news channel.

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