Decision of the European court: the reaction of the Spanish Minister of Agriculture

The Spanish government affirmed that the decision at first instance of the General Court of the European Union (EU) concerning the agricultural and fishing agreements with Morocco “does not call into question” the cooperation relations of the Kingdom with Spain and the ‘EU. “For me and for the Spanish government, this decision obviously does not call into question our relations with our strategic partner, Morocco, nor the friendship and cooperation that unites them”, underlined, this Friday, the Spanish minister of the ‘Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, after a meeting of the Agricultural Advisory Committee. “We have always defended the advanced status of Morocco within the EU and we will continue to do so because Morocco is a strategic partner for us”, observed the Spanish minister. “The government will protect the legitimate interests of farmers and breeders because Morocco is a strategic partner for Spain and the EU,” he insisted. The Moroccan fishing zone is strategic for the Spanish fleet, he noted, recalling that of the 132 vessels that fish in these waters, 93 are Spanish, belonging to the Andalusian, Galician and Canary Islands fleets. AZ