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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Fiji has signed today an interim Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU. The agreement focuses on trade in goods and provides duty free – quota free access for all products from Fiji to the EU market. It also aims to deepen cooperation in areas such as animal and plant health as well as technical standards.

Tuesday, 05 January 2010

The Moroccan and EU negotiators signed an agreed minute concluding negotiations that have been ongoing for almost four years in view of a future agreement on improving bilateral trade conditions for products from the agri-food and fisheries sector. The conclusion of the negotiations is subject to the approval of the respective authorities. In particular, the agreement will reinforce the position of European exporters on the Moroccan market, particularly exporters of processed agricultural products, representing a major offensive interest for the EU with full liberalisation planned in stages over the next ten years, with the exception of pasta, for which a quantitative restriction is provided. In the agricultural products sector, the agreement will allow for the immediate liberalisation of 45% of the value of EU exports and 70% in ten years. The tinned food, dairy products, oilseeds and fruit and vegetable sector will benefit fully from total liberalisation. The fisheries sector will also be opened up for EU products (91% after five years and 100% in 10 years).

Monday, 04 January 2010
The 2986th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 14-16 December 2009  reached a political agreement on a draft regulation setting fishing opportunities for 2010 for Community vessels in the waters of the Atlantic, the Channel and the North Sea (TACs and quotas for the Baltic and Black Seas were already adopted on 20 and 27 November). In line with long-term conservation management plans applicable for certain stocks, the Council agreed to reductions, compared to 2009, for some species.
The 2986th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 14-16 December 2009 took note of the presentation by the Commission of its report on options for animal welfare labelling and the establishment of a European Network of Reference Centres for the protection and welfare of animals. The report identifies various issues concerning animal welfare labelling and communication, and the possible establishment of a European Network of Reference Centres for the protection and welfare of animals, based on the results of an external study provided to the Commission in January 2009. The feasibility study on animal welfare labelling shows that the best option for EU action empowering consumers to make informed purchasing decisions is a Community Animal Welfare Label modelled after the EU organic label. A Community Animal Welfare Label can be expected to have more direct effects on animal welfare than other voluntary options, depending on the market share of the label.
Thursday, 17 December 2009
On December 11, Haiti signed the Economic Partnership Agreement and joins the fourteen Caribbean States that signed the EPA in October 2008. This will strengthen Haiti's ties both with the EU, and with other Caribbean countries. The Cariforum-EU EPA is North-South trade and development agreement of new generation. It aims to promote sustainable development, boost trade, investment and innovation, help build a regional market among Caribbean countries, and tackle poverty in the region. Previous preferential trade arrangements with the EU had failed to boost Caribbean countries' development. Other developing countries had also criticised those arrangements as discriminating against them, and had challenged them at the World Trade Organisation. So the EU and the Cariforum group of Caribbean countries negotiated a new trade and development agreement, the EPA, between 2004 and 2007. The EPA was signed in October 2008, by 14 out of fifteen Cariforum member states. The only Least Developed Country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti has recently been grappling with a range of pressing problems.
Monday, 14 December 2009
The 2985th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on  8 December 2009 adopted a decision amending joint action 2008/851/CFSP on the EU military operation  against piracy off the Somali coast, in order to allow for the EU naval force to contribute to the monitoring of fishing activities in the area.
Thursday, 10 December 2009

Mr. Carlos Palin, manager of the "Strengthening Fishery Products Health Conditions in ACP/OCT Countries" (SFP) Programme is our guest. Mr. Palin provide us an overview of the context, the objectives and the types of activities and operations of the programme, financed by European Development Fund, on behalf of the competent authorities, test laboratories, the fish industry and small-scale fisheries of the ACP countries and the OCT (Overseas Territories and Countries), aimed at improving the sanitary conditions for fishery products as food for human consumption so as to increase the income of those countries by developing trade and optimal use of available resources. M. Palin then stresses that granting a reasonable price to producers, transparency and a good management of halieutic resources are among the key challenges for the ACP fishing sector.

Friday, 04 December 2009

The European Commission has adopted its annual proposal on next year’s guide prices for fresh and frozen fisheries products as well as the EU producer price for tuna for processing. The Commission proposes to decrease guide prices for white fish and crustacean species, by between –1% and –6%. The current economic crisis is strongly affecting consumer demand for fisheries products in the EU. The decrease in demand has resulted in dramatic drops in first-sale prices in the first half of 2009, in particular for whitefish and crustacean species. On the other hand, the recent price evolution for pelagic species and frozen products has been less negative. For pelagic species there are increases for sardines and albacore (between 1% and 3%) but decreases for herring, mackerel, Spanish mackerel and anchovies (between –1% and –4%).

Based on the mandate provided by the Resolution of June 2008 taken by the Council of ACP Ministers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the first Meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries was convened from 2nd to 5th June 2009, with the view of creating an ACP mechanism for coordination and cooperation in fisheries. At the end of its proceedings on the 18th of November, the 90th ACP Council of Ministers, meeting in Brussels approved the creation of an ACP Ministerial Fisheries Mechanism with the objective to shore up political support, both within the group and from its external partners and the creation of a Trust Fund for the mechanism to be financed by the voluntary annual contribution of Member States and grants from other sources.
Wednesday, 02 December 2009
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT), which met near Recife, Brazil, adopted a number of new multi-annual management plans which align fishing opportunities with the latest scientific opinions. The European Commission is particularly satisfied with the consensus reached on the recovery plan aimed at Eastern bluefin tuna, whose total allowable catch for 2010 has been reduced to 13500 tonnes (as compared to 22000 tonnes in 2009). This will be accompanied by drastic cuts in fishing capacity. ICCAT also approved additional management measures for Mediterranean swordfish which will, on the one hand, reinforce the protection of juvenile fish through more stringent closure of fishing activities at the end of the year and, on the other, foresee the adoption of a long-term management plan at the 2010 ICCAT meeting on the basis of up-to-date scientific advice. Once again this year, bluefin tuna has been high on the agenda of the ICCAT meeting.