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Monday, 14 September 2015

MEP: rethink failed EU fisheries policy

João Ferreira, Member of the European parliament has published an article denouncing the EU’s fisheries agreement with developing countries as exploitative and contradictory. Although rich in fisheries resources, developing country partners to fisheries agreements with the EU are typically lesser economically developed countries. In his opinion, current fisheries agreements are in contradiction to their stated objectives: “These agreements usually include a dimension for development - today called sectoral support, but its effects have been limited. As a result, a substantial portion of the objectives of the so-called partnership agreements in the fisheries field (with the new reform of the common fisheries policy, the qualifier ‘sustainable’ was added to them) have failed.” Ferreira stated that in general, such fisheries agreements have allowed EU to exploit developing countries fishery resources. He suggest that agreements should rather is encourage developing countries to exploit their own resources, both for domestic consumption and for export, in turn increasing the added value of fish products and better share the wealth generated by keeping it in its country of origin. Ferreira also made recommendations on tackling illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and improving conditions of access to EU markets for developing countries.