Morocco is an important partner to the EU in relation to fisheries. (Image: EC)
Brussels proposes EU-Morocco fisheries partnership agreement amendment
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 01:40 (GMT + 9)
Following the ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU on February 27, the European Commission (EC) adopted a proposal for a Council decision to authorise it to negotiate with Morocco an amendment to the current Fisheries Partnership Agreement and a renewed protocol.
The EC stated that the objective is to preserve and further develop the fisheries partnership between the EU and Morocco, by concluding an agreement and protocol that are environmentally sustainable, economically profitable and fully in line with international and EU law.
The EU proposal includes to extend the bilateral agreement with Morocco to Western Sahara under certain conditions.
Morocco is a close partner of the EU that benefits from the 'advanced status' in the context of Union's neighbourhood policy and the EU - Morocco Association Agreement.
The Commission believes that the proposed amended agreement and the renewed protocol would help strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance and contribute to improved governance of the fisheries in the region.
In addition, the initiatives will be beneficial for Morocco, in particular in view of the importance of the financial contribution to be paid under the Protocol as a contribution to the Moroccan "Halieutis" strategy of development of the fisheries sector.
EU operators, including artisanal vessels, from several Member States are expected to benefit from the fishing opportunities made available through the amended agreement and the renewed protocol.
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