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Fisheries: EU and Comoros - Negotiations on new protocol

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Fisheries: EU and Comoros - Negotiations on new protocol

The Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 18-19 March 2013 authorized the European Commission to open negotiations on behalf of the EU for a new protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) with the Union of the Comoros.
The EU and the Comoros have concluded a protocol to the FPA on 21 May 2010. The protocol, which grants fishing opportunities for the EU vessels and fixes the financial counterpart, will expire on 30 December 2013.
This new protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Comoros should be in line with the 19 March 2012 Council conclusions on external dimension of the common fisheries policy- which stress among others the need to promote fisheries policy that is more sustainable, to reinforce of the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and to provide adequate economic returns  for payments for access.

The fisheries partnership agreement covers the period 2005 – 2011 and has been tacitly renewed for a period of 7 years. The protocol includes an annual financial contribution of 615 250 € out of which a specific contribution of 300 000 € is dedicated to the support of the fisheries policy of Comoros.
This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal, France and Italy to fish in the Comoros waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in the Indian Ocean.

Source: EU Council