Friday 23 December 2016

CJEU Judgement is a 'victory', Validates 2012 Morocco-EU Trade Agreement (MEPs)

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CJEU Judgement is a 'victory', Validates 2012 Morocco-EU Trade Agreement (MEPs)

The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is a victory and it validates the 2012 trade agreement between Morocco and the European Union, underlined a group of MEPs in a statement, released Thursday in Brussels.

However, the MEPs regretted the fact that "it took more than a year of legal contortions to respond to a purely political decision", pointing out that Morocco is "an indispensable ally of the European Union in the fight against terrorism and a privileged partner to establish strategic cooperation with Africa."

The year 2017, they added, "must enable us, on both sides of the Mediterranean, to rebuild a relationship of trust and to cooperate actively in all areas of shared interest.”

MEPs Rachida Dati, Cristian Dan Preda, Frédérique Riès, Constance Le Grip and Franck Prous, who belong to the different political groups of the European Parliament, called for "the rapid securing by the European institutions of this agreement, prior to the continuation of negotiations on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco ".

On Wednesday, the CJEU issued a judgment annulling the decision of the General Court of December 10th on the EU-Morocco agreement on reciprocal liberalization measures on agricultural products, processed agricultural products, fish and fishery products.

The Court rejected as "inadmissible" the polisario's appeal. It also ordered the latter to bear its own costs and to pay those incurred by the Council of the European Union.

MAP 22 December 2016