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15 Jul 2014

DAILY COMMISSION NEWSBRIEF -15 July

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EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement to enter into force

The European Commission welcomes Morocco’s ratification of a Fisheries Protocol which is set to open the door for European vessels to go back fishing in Moroccan waters after a pause of more than two years. The European Union and Morocco had concluded the 4-year fisheries deal in December 2013, however its entry into force was pending ratification by Morocco. Now that both sides have concluded their ratification procedure, EU vessels will receive certain fishing rights in Moroccan waters in return for financial assistance by the EU to develop the Moroccan fishery sector. The protocol is the second most important of its kind and belongs to a new generation of fisheries agreements after the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, placing a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability, economic profitability and international legality. European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, said: “I am glad that this protocol can finally enter into force: our fishermen have been waiting for this day for more than two years.(…)”. Today’s COMMISSION NEWSBRIEF in full

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