Brussels' corruption scandal: New thread leads to Moroccan lobby
Corrupt Brusselites are violating not jut international law and human rights, but they have also ignored a ruling by the EU's top court, because – for some reason – it is crucial for the EU-Morocco agreement to continue without a hitch.
In the last eight years, the EU institutions have not shown any particular enthusiasm for complying with their own EU court system regarding decisions related to Western Sahara. Although this old attitude appears to continue, the only difference is that one of history’s biggest corruption scandals has shaken Brussels to it score, which was a real slap in the face for European taxpayers. According to the allegations, third countries – such as Qatar and Morocco – bought quite a few left-wing Brusselites in exchange for having their interests represented on the EU stage.
In the case of Morocco, the authorities’ already grave suspicions have been further exacerbated by a new issue, the trade agreement between the EU and Morocco, which includes – among other things – deals on fishing rights. As is known, four-fifths of the Western Sahara region has been occupied by Morocco since 1975, even though neither the UN, nor the European Union member states have recognised Morocco’s jurisdiction over Western Sahara.
Within the framework of the agreement between Morocco and the EU, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries commissioned the fisheries consultancy company Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management to prepare the groundwork.
However, the process had to be suspended following a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union in September 2021, which invalidated the application of both the EU-Morocco trade agreement and the fisheries agreement in the occupied Western Sahara. The court argued that the people of the territory – over which Morocco has no sovereignty or administrative mandate – had not given their consent through their UN-recognised representation, the Polisario Front.
However, for some reason the European Commission found it of paramount importance that the agreement should not be terminated despite its illegality. Shortly afterwards, the Commission appealed against the ruling, meaning that the agreement stayed in force pending the appeal. This also means that Brusselites’ treasured secrets will remain safe at least until the second half of 2023.
Brussels’ corrupt politicians, however, remained busy, and they recently tasked the aforementioned Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management to proceed with the preliminary plans, before the EU’s top court had a chance to say anything.
In addition, Brusselites have commissioned studies and conducting plans on fishing in Western Sahara without the consent of the Sahrawi people, legitimising something that undermines the UN peace process in the area and disregarding the rights of locals.
In light of Brussels ‘corruption scandal which erupted in early December, it is no longer a mystery why corrupt Brusselites are pushing the agreement with Morocco by any means possible, with a blatant disregard for international law or human rights. Morocco is also a highly corrupt country, being ranked by Transparency International in the second worst category in terms of corruption. Several politicians, including Eva Kaili, a protagonist in Brussels’ latest corruption scandal, and liberal Guy Verhofstadt, have already experienced Morocco’s hospitality. Both were invited speakers at a conference where lobbyists were also trying to track down influential people.
Morocco, however, has more links to the corrupt Brussels bureaucrats. Back in July 2014, King Mohammed VI of Morocco awarded one of the main masterminds of the scandal, Pier Antonio Panzeri. The former Italian Socialist MEP has been in custody since the scandal broke. He recently struck a plea bargain with prosecutors to supply them with all names and countries involved, in exchange for saving his own skin. The leftist politician was suspected, among other things, of having received money from Morocco’s secret service to „positively” influence certain cases. At the same occasion Abderrahim Atmoun, the co-chair of the EU-Morocco Joint Parliamentary Committee, also received an award.