In a significant development, and in anticipation of the European Court of Justice’s decision expected next year, the German Federal Government “excludes Morocco-occupied Western Sahara from all future subsidies for Siemens’ operations in the region.”

In a written response to a parliamentary question, the German Federal Government, through the Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Economic and Environmental Affairs, confirmed that “in the context of future negotiations and as part of determining the forms and conditions of guarantee, we will ensure that the provision of guarantees is excluded from the line of credit guaranteed by the Federal Government to Siemens for projects in Western Saharaoccupied by Morocco.”

The document(in the original German)

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Photo: Western Sahara accounted for 73% of Morocco’s annual coastal and artisanal catches in 2020, over half of the national total value of catches, and has the two top ports by landing volume. Source: Elli Lorz via WSRW.