Polisario Inconsolable after Setback at European Court of Justice

The Polisario Front suffered a serious setback on Wednesday after the European Court of Justice (ECJ), based in Luxembourg, validated the Morocco-EU agricultural agreement, thus giving reason to Rabat, while considering that the Sahrawi front had no standing to intervene with a European body.

According to the ECJ, the free trade agreement on agriculture and fisheries concluded in 2012 between the EU and Morocco should not have been canceled after it was challenged by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front.

The judgment handed down Wednesday by the ECJ therefore annuls the Court’s previous ruling in favor of the Polisario and its mentor, Algeria.

The Wednesday decision was welcomed by several European countries, which had lodged a class action after the ECJ canceled part of the EU-Morocco Farm Agreement in December 2015. According to analysts, the Court’s annulment decision was made possible in view of the intense lobbying conducted by Algeria at the European level to counter Morocco and harm its interests.

Actually, the Court’s verdict as well as the action lodged by the European executive evidence that the EU is aware of the destabilization tactics carried out by Algeria against Morocco through the Polisario separatist Front, which owes its very existence to Algeria’s support.

At the same time, European capitals consider Morocco a haven of stability and security in a particularly sensitive region. They also see in the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco to settle the Sahara conflict a step towards consolidating this regional stability that Europe and the international community are longing for.


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