Thursday, 08 April 2010

Mauritania: EU review fisheries agreement

Representatives of the government of Mauritania and the European Union (EU) have started to review the application of the fisheries agreement between the two parties, which came into force two years ago. For his part, Hans-Georg Gerstenlauer, head of the EU delegation in Nouakchott, reiterated that the process of democratic transition in Mauritania and its return to constitutional order in January had enabled the Council of Europe to give a green light to the return to full cooperation between the EU and Mauritania. The European diplomat also recalled that this was the most important fisheries agreement ever reached between the EU and third countries. In 2008, fisheries ministers from EU member countries adopted the fisheries agreement between the EU and Mauritania, only with the opposition from Spain because the deal included a substantial reduction of licenses for the Spanish fleet. The 2008 agreement reduced the EU fishing fleet in Mauritanian waters, while it also reduced funding which the Union pays the African country to open their fishing grounds for European fishers.

Source: Afrol News