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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Gabon: conclusion of the protocol on fisheries

The Council adopted a decision on the conclusion of the protocol between the EU and the Gabonese Republic setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for by the fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) between the two parties (11676/13).
The FPA in the fisheries sector between the EU and Gabon was concluded in 2006. The main objective of the protocol to this agreement is to define the fishing opportunities for EU vessels in Gabonese waters within the limits of the available surplus, in accordance with the best available scientific advice and recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The protocol also establishes the financial contribution due, separately, for access rights and for sectoral support.
Following negotiations, a new protocol was signed by the Council and Gabon in July 2013. In order to allow EU vessels to carry out fishing activities, the new protocol applied on a provisional basis since then, pending the completion of the procedures for its formal conclusion. The new protocol covers a period of three years from the date of provisional application. The European Parliament gave its consent on the conclusion of this protocol on 5 February 2014.  
Source: Consilium of European Union