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2015/0229(NLE) EC/Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Agreement: fishing opportunities and financial contribution from 16 November 2015 to 15 November 2019. Protocol

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead PECH MATO Gabriel (icon: PPE PPE) RODUST Ulrike (icon: S&D S&D), VAN DALEN Peter (icon: ECR ECR), BILBAO BARANDICA Izaskun (icon: ALDE ALDE), AFFRONTE Marco (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion DEVE CORRAO Ignazio (icon: EFDD EFDD) Beatriz BECERRA BASTERRECHEA (icon: ALDE ALDE), Nirj DEVA (icon: ECR ECR), Lola SÁNCHEZ CALDENTEY (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Joachim ZELLER (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion BUDG GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL Eider (icon: S&D S&D) Liadh NÍ RIADA (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Indrek TARAND (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 043-p2, TFEU 218-p6a, TFEU 218-p7

Events

2016/06/02
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania.

NON LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2016/870 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for a period of four years

CONTENT: with this Decision, the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania for a period of four years is approved on behalf of the Union.

Objectives : the Protocol aims to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus.

The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of Mauritania.

Fishing opportunities : the Protocol provides for fishing opportunities in the following categories:

vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab: 5 000 tonnes and 25 vessels (Category 1); black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom long liners: 6 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 2); vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls: 3 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 3); tuna seiners: 12 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 25 vessels (Category 4); pole-and-line tuna vessels and long liners: 7 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 15 vessels (Category 5); pelagic freezer trawlers: 247 500 and 19 vessels (Category 6); non-freezer pelagic vessels: 15 000 tonnes (deducted from volume under category 6 if used) and 2 vessels (Category 7).

Financial contribution : the annual financial contribution has been set at EUR 59 125 000 per year, on the basis of:

a total allowable catch of 261 500 tonnes for fishing categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a reference tonnage of 20 000 tonnes for fishing categories 4 and 5 of the Protocol, corresponding to an amount linked to access to EUR 55 000 000 per year, and support for the development of the sectoral fisheries policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amounting to EUR 4 125 000 per year. This support meets the aims of national fishing policy and in particular the needs of Mauritania as regards supporting scientific and technical cooperation, training, fisheries monitoring, protecting the environment and development infrastructure.

Duration of the agreement : the Protocol covers a period of four years from 16.11.2015.

Joint committee : the Partnership Agreement establishes a Joint Committee, which is responsible for monitoring the application of the Partnership Agreement and ensuring that it is implemented. Furthermore, in accordance with the Protocol, the Joint Committee may approve certain modifications to the Protocol. In order to facilitate the approval of such modifications, the Commission is empowered, subject to specific conditions, to approve these modifications under a simplified procedure.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: the Decision enters into force on 24.5.2016.

2016/05/24
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2016/05/24
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2016/05/24
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/05/10
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2016/05/10
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 585 votes to 41, with 41 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for a period of four years.

In line with the recommendation made by the Committee on Fisheries, Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.

The main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus.

The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties.

Documents
2016/05/09
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2016/04/25
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Fisheries adopted the report by Gabriel MATO (EPP, ES) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for a period of four years.

The committee called on the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.

In a short justification accompanying the report, Members stated that the new agreement has remedied some of the shortcomings that undermined the usefulness of the previous protocol. The new protocol also makes improvements for the fleet targeting highly migratory species.

According to the short justification, the new protocol represents a major step forward by comparison with the previous one, and the new commitments given by Mauritania in relation to transparency and priority access for the European fleet are welcome, particularly bearing in mind the bitter experience of previous years.

A further highly positive element is the greater degree of balance that has been achieved between financial contribution and fishing opportunities. This, along with the changes made to the technical measures, has substantially improved the cost/benefit ratio of the agreement with Mauritania.

Despite efforts made by the negotiators on improving fishing opportunities, Members regretted that Mauritania remained opposed to certain landings which will have a significant adverse effect on employment at EU level.

The Commission is urged to raise this issue at the meetings of the Joint Committee, with the aim of finding a solution that will allow landings to be made at ports in Gran Canaria, which offer better conditions for controlling catches, until such time as Mauritanian ports have more highly developed infrastructure.

The Joint Committee should also seriously consider any realistic possibility of increasing the quotas allocated to the European fleet, taking account of stock developments, and including the cephalopod category if at all feasible, even if fishing for these species is initially on an experimental basis only.

Documents
2016/04/19
   EP - Vote in committee
2016/03/17
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2016/03/17
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2016/03/02
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2016/01/07
   EP - CORRAO Ignazio (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in DEVE
2015/12/03
   EP - GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL Eider (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in BUDG
2015/11/23
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2015/10/28
   EP - MATO Gabriel (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in PECH
2015/10/27
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2015/10/27
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: on the basis of an authorisation from Council, the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the EU, the renewal of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. At the end of those negotiations, a new Protocol was initialled on 10 July 2015.

It is now appropriate to conclude that Protocol on behalf of the European Union.

CONTENT: the draft decision calls on the Council to approve the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania for a period of four years on behalf of the Union.

Objectives : the main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus .

The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties.

Fishing opportunities : the Protocol provides for fishing opportunities in the following categories:

Vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab: 5 000 tonnes and 25 vessels (Category 1); Black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom longliners: 6 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 2); Vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls: 3 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 3); Tuna seiners: 12 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 25 vessels (Category 4); Pole-and-line tuna vessels and longliners: 7 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 15 vessels (Category 5); Pelagic freezer trawlers: 247 500 and 19 vessels (Category 6); Non-freezer pelagic vessels: 15 000 tonnes (deducted from volume under category 6 if used) and 2 vessels (Category 7).

Financial contribution : the annual financial contribution has been set at EUR 59 125 000 per year, on the basis of:

a total allowable catch of 261 500 tonnes for fishing categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a reference tonnage of 20 000 tonnes for fishing categories 4 and 5 of the Protocol, corresponding to an amount linked to access to EUR 55 000 000 per year, and support for the development of the sectoral fisheries policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amounting to EUR 4 125 000 per year. This support meets the aims of national fishing policy and in particular the needs of Mauritania as regards supporting scientific and technical cooperation, training, fisheries monitoring, protecting the environment and development infrastructure.

Duration of the agreement : the Protocol covers a period of four years from the date of provisional application– i.e. from the date of its signature.

Joint Committee : Article 10 of the Partnership Agreement establishes a Joint Committee which is responsible for monitoring the application of the Partnership Agreement and ensuring that it is implemented. The Joint Committee may approve certain amendments to the Protocol.

In order to facilitate the approval of such amendments, the Commission should be empowered, subject to specific conditions, to approve these amendments under a simplified procedure (in particular the review of fishing opportunities, decision on the modalities of the sectoral support in accordance with the Protocol as well as conditions governing fishing activities.

Documents
2015/10/01
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2015/10/01
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2015/10/01
   EP - Preparatory document
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: on the basis of an authorization from Council, the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the EU, the renewal of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. At the end of those negotiations, a new Protocol was initialled on 10 July 2015.

It is now appropriate to conclude that Protocol.

CONTENT: the draft decision calls on the Council to approve the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania for a period of four years on behalf of the Union.

Objectives: the main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus.

The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties.

Fishing opportunities : the Protocol provides for fishing opportunities in the following categories:

Vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab: 5 000 tonnes and 25 vessels (Category 1); Black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom longliners: 6 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 2); Vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls: 3 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 3); Tuna seiners: 12 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 25 vessels (Category 4); Pole-and-line tuna vessels and longliners: 7 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 15 vessels (Category 5); Pelagic freezer trawlers: 247 500 and 19 vessels (Category 6); Non-freezer pelagic vessels: 15 000 tonnes (deducted from volume under category 6 if used) and 2 vessels (Category 7).

Financial contribution : the annual financial contribution has been set at EUR 59 125 000 per year, on the basis of:

a total allowable catch of 261 500 tonnes for fishing categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a reference tonnage of 20 000 tonnes for fishing categories 4 and 5 of the Protocol, corresponding to an amount linked to access to EUR 55 000 000 per year, and support for the development of the sectoral fisheries policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amounting to EUR 4 125 000 per year. This support meets the aims of national fishing policy and in particular the needs of Mauritania as regards supporting scientific and technical cooperation, training, fisheries monitoring, protecting the environment and development infrastructure.

Duration of the agreement : the Protocol covers a period of four years from the date of provisional application, i.e. from the date of its signature.

Documents

Activities

Votes

A8-0147/2016 - Gabriel Mato - Approbation #

2016/05/10 Outcome: +: 585, 0: 41, -: 41
DE IT FR PL ES RO BE PT CZ HU AT SE FI NL BG HR LT SK LV SI EL DK GB LU EE CY MT IE ??
Total
89
66
64
45
48
29
21
19
21
17
15
19
13
24
12
11
10
11
8
8
20
11
54
5
5
5
5
9
1
icon: PPE PPE
191

Lithuania PPE

1

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

1
3
icon: S&D S&D
170

Netherlands S&D

3

Bulgaria S&D

2

Croatia S&D

2

Latvia S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2

Malta S&D

2

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1
icon: ALDE ALDE
65

Romania ALDE

3

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Bulgaria ALDE

For (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Latvia ALDE

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

2

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
41

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Hungary Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

3

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: ECR ECR
63

Italy ECR

2

Romania ECR

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2

Netherlands ECR

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Bulgaria ECR

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Croatia ECR

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Latvia ECR

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Greece ECR

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Denmark ECR

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icon: ENF ENF
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Germany ENF

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1

Poland ENF

For (1)

Abstain (1)

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Romania ENF

1

Belgium ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

3

United Kingdom ENF

Against (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
47

Italy GUE/NGL

2

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Sweden GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Denmark GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Ireland GUE/NGL

4
icon: NI NI
15

Germany NI

2

Poland NI

Abstain (1)

1

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
37

Germany EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

France EFDD

1

Poland EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Sweden EFDD

2

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1

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  • date: 2016-03-17T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE573.190&secondRef=02 title: PE573.190 committee: DEVE type: Committee opinion body: EP
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  • date: 2015-10-01T00:00:00 type: Initial legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2015/0477/COM_COM(2015)0477(ANN)_EN.pdf title: COM(2015)0477 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2015&nu_doc=0477 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to conclude a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. BACKGROUND: on the basis of an authorization from Council, the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the EU, the renewal of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. At the end of those negotiations, a new Protocol was initialled on 10 July 2015. It is now appropriate to conclude that Protocol. CONTENT: the draft decision calls on the Council to approve the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania for a period of four years on behalf of the Union. Objectives: the main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus. The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties. Fishing opportunities : the Protocol provides for fishing opportunities in the following categories: Vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab: 5 000 tonnes and 25 vessels (Category 1); Black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom longliners: 6 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 2); Vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls: 3 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 3); Tuna seiners: 12 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 25 vessels (Category 4); Pole-and-line tuna vessels and longliners: 7 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 15 vessels (Category 5); Pelagic freezer trawlers: 247 500 and 19 vessels (Category 6); Non-freezer pelagic vessels: 15 000 tonnes (deducted from volume under category 6 if used) and 2 vessels (Category 7). Financial contribution : the annual financial contribution has been set at EUR 59 125 000 per year, on the basis of: a total allowable catch of 261 500 tonnes for fishing categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a reference tonnage of 20 000 tonnes for fishing categories 4 and 5 of the Protocol, corresponding to an amount linked to access to EUR 55 000 000 per year, and support for the development of the sectoral fisheries policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amounting to EUR 4 125 000 per year. This support meets the aims of national fishing policy and in particular the needs of Mauritania as regards supporting scientific and technical cooperation, training, fisheries monitoring, protecting the environment and development infrastructure. Duration of the agreement : the Protocol covers a period of four years from the date of provisional application, i.e. from the date of its signature.
  • date: 2015-10-27T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=12773%2F15&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 12773/2015 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. BACKGROUND: on the basis of an authorisation from Council, the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the EU, the renewal of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. At the end of those negotiations, a new Protocol was initialled on 10 July 2015. It is now appropriate to conclude that Protocol on behalf of the European Union. CONTENT: the draft decision calls on the Council to approve the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania for a period of four years on behalf of the Union. Objectives : the main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus . The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties. Fishing opportunities : the Protocol provides for fishing opportunities in the following categories: Vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab: 5 000 tonnes and 25 vessels (Category 1); Black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom longliners: 6 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 2); Vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls: 3 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 3); Tuna seiners: 12 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 25 vessels (Category 4); Pole-and-line tuna vessels and longliners: 7 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 15 vessels (Category 5); Pelagic freezer trawlers: 247 500 and 19 vessels (Category 6); Non-freezer pelagic vessels: 15 000 tonnes (deducted from volume under category 6 if used) and 2 vessels (Category 7). Financial contribution : the annual financial contribution has been set at EUR 59 125 000 per year, on the basis of: a total allowable catch of 261 500 tonnes for fishing categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a reference tonnage of 20 000 tonnes for fishing categories 4 and 5 of the Protocol, corresponding to an amount linked to access to EUR 55 000 000 per year, and support for the development of the sectoral fisheries policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amounting to EUR 4 125 000 per year. This support meets the aims of national fishing policy and in particular the needs of Mauritania as regards supporting scientific and technical cooperation, training, fisheries monitoring, protecting the environment and development infrastructure. Duration of the agreement : the Protocol covers a period of four years from the date of provisional application– i.e. from the date of its signature. Joint Committee : Article 10 of the Partnership Agreement establishes a Joint Committee which is responsible for monitoring the application of the Partnership Agreement and ensuring that it is implemented. The Joint Committee may approve certain amendments to the Protocol. In order to facilitate the approval of such amendments, the Commission should be empowered, subject to specific conditions, to approve these amendments under a simplified procedure (in particular the review of fishing opportunities, decision on the modalities of the sectoral support in accordance with the Protocol as well as conditions governing fishing activities.
  • date: 2015-11-23T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2016-05-09T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20160509&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
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  • date: 2016-05-10T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2016-0209 title: T8-0209/2016 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 585 votes to 41, with 41 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for a period of four years. In line with the recommendation made by the Committee on Fisheries, Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol. The main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus. The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties.
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  • date: 2016-06-02T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to conclude a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. NON LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2016/870 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for a period of four years CONTENT: with this Decision, the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania for a period of four years is approved on behalf of the Union. Objectives : the Protocol aims to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus. The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of Mauritania. Fishing opportunities : the Protocol provides for fishing opportunities in the following categories: vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab: 5 000 tonnes and 25 vessels (Category 1); black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom long liners: 6 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 2); vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls: 3 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 3); tuna seiners: 12 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 25 vessels (Category 4); pole-and-line tuna vessels and long liners: 7 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 15 vessels (Category 5); pelagic freezer trawlers: 247 500 and 19 vessels (Category 6); non-freezer pelagic vessels: 15 000 tonnes (deducted from volume under category 6 if used) and 2 vessels (Category 7). Financial contribution : the annual financial contribution has been set at EUR 59 125 000 per year, on the basis of: a total allowable catch of 261 500 tonnes for fishing categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a reference tonnage of 20 000 tonnes for fishing categories 4 and 5 of the Protocol, corresponding to an amount linked to access to EUR 55 000 000 per year, and support for the development of the sectoral fisheries policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amounting to EUR 4 125 000 per year. This support meets the aims of national fishing policy and in particular the needs of Mauritania as regards supporting scientific and technical cooperation, training, fisheries monitoring, protecting the environment and development infrastructure. Duration of the agreement : the Protocol covers a period of four years from 16.11.2015. Joint committee : the Partnership Agreement establishes a Joint Committee, which is responsible for monitoring the application of the Partnership Agreement and ensuring that it is implemented. Furthermore, in accordance with the Protocol, the Joint Committee may approve certain modifications to the Protocol. In order to facilitate the approval of such modifications, the Commission is empowered, subject to specific conditions, to approve these modifications under a simplified procedure. ENTRY INTO FORCE: the Decision enters into force on 24.5.2016. docs: title: Decision 2016/870 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32016D0870 title: OJ L 145 02.06.2016, p. 0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2016:145:TOC
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  • The European Parliament adopted by 585 votes to 41, with 41 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for a period of four years.

    In line with the recommendation made by the Committee on Fisheries, Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.

    The main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus.

    The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties.

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  • The Committee on Fisheries adopted the report by Gabriel MATO (EPP, ES) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for a period of four years.

    The committee called on the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.

    In a short justification accompanying the report, Members stated that the new agreement has remedied some of the shortcomings that undermined the usefulness of the previous protocol. The new protocol also makes improvements for the fleet targeting highly migratory species. 

    According to the short justification, the new protocol represents a major step forward by comparison with the previous one, and the new commitments given by Mauritania in relation to transparency and priority access for the European fleet are welcome, particularly bearing in mind the bitter experience of previous years.

    A further highly positive element is the greater degree of balance that has been achieved between financial contribution and fishing opportunities. This, along with the changes made to the technical measures, has substantially improved the cost/benefit ratio of the agreement with Mauritania.

    Despite efforts made by the negotiators on improving fishing opportunities, Members regretted that Mauritania remained opposed to certain landings which will have a significant adverse effect on employment at EU level.

    The Commission is urged to raise this issue at the meetings of the Joint Committee, with the aim of finding a solution that will allow landings to be made at ports in Gran Canaria, which offer better conditions for controlling catches, until such time as Mauritanian ports have more highly developed infrastructure.  

    The Joint Committee should also seriously consider any realistic possibility of increasing the quotas allocated to the European fleet, taking account of stock developments, and including the cephalopod category if at all feasible, even if fishing for these species is initially on an experimental basis only.

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  • PURPOSE: to conclude a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

    BACKGROUND: on the basis of an authorization from Council, the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the EU, the renewal of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. At the end of those negotiations, a new Protocol was initialled on 10 July 2015.

    It is now appropriate to conclude that Protocol.

    CONTENT: the draft decision calls on the Council to approve the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania for a period of four years on behalf of the Union.

    Objectives: the main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus.

    The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties.

    Fishing opportunities: the Protocol provides for fishing opportunities in the following categories:

    • Vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab: 5 000 tonnes and 25 vessels (Category 1);
    • Black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom longliners: 6 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 2);
    • Vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls: 3 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 3);
    • Tuna seiners: 12 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 25 vessels (Category 4);
    • Pole-and-line tuna vessels and longliners: 7 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 15 vessels (Category 5);
    • Pelagic freezer trawlers: 247 500 and 19 vessels (Category 6);
    • Non-freezer pelagic vessels: 15 000 tonnes (deducted from volume under category 6 if used) and 2 vessels (Category 7).

    Financial contribution: the annual financial contribution has been set at EUR 59 125 000 per year, on the basis of:

    • a total allowable catch of 261 500 tonnes for fishing categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a reference tonnage of 20 000 tonnes for fishing categories 4 and 5 of the Protocol, corresponding to an amount linked to access to EUR 55 000 000 per year, and
    • support for the development of the sectoral fisheries policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amounting to EUR 4 125 000 per year. This support meets the aims of national fishing policy and in particular the needs of Mauritania as regards supporting scientific and technical cooperation, training, fisheries monitoring, protecting the environment and development infrastructure.

    Duration of the agreement: the Protocol covers a period of four years from the date of provisional application, i.e. from the date of its signature.

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  • PURPOSE: to conclude a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

    BACKGROUND: on the basis of an authorisation from Council, the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the EU, the renewal of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. At the end of those negotiations, a new Protocol was initialled on 10 July 2015.

    It is now appropriate to conclude that Protocol on behalf of the European Union.

    CONTENT: the draft decision calls on the Council to approve the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania for a period of four years on behalf of the Union.

    Objectives: the main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus.

    The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties.

    Fishing opportunities: the Protocol provides for fishing opportunities in the following categories:

    • Vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab: 5 000 tonnes and 25 vessels (Category 1);
    • Black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom longliners: 6 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 2);
    • Vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls: 3 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 3);
    • Tuna seiners: 12 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 25 vessels (Category 4);
    • Pole-and-line tuna vessels and longliners: 7 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 15 vessels (Category 5);
    • Pelagic freezer trawlers: 247 500 and 19 vessels (Category 6);
    • Non-freezer pelagic vessels: 15 000 tonnes (deducted from volume under category 6 if used) and 2 vessels (Category 7).

    Financial contribution: the annual financial contribution has been set at EUR 59 125 000 per year, on the basis of:

    • a total allowable catch of 261 500 tonnes for fishing categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a reference tonnage of 20 000 tonnes for fishing categories 4 and 5 of the Protocol, corresponding to an amount linked to access to EUR 55 000 000 per year, and
    • support for the development of the sectoral fisheries policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amounting to EUR 4 125 000 per year. This support meets the aims of national fishing policy and in particular the needs of Mauritania as regards supporting scientific and technical cooperation, training, fisheries monitoring, protecting the environment and development infrastructure.

    Duration of the agreement: the Protocol covers a period of four years from the date of provisional application– i.e. from the date of its signature.

    Joint Committee: Article 10 of the Partnership Agreement establishes a Joint Committee which is responsible for monitoring the application of the Partnership Agreement and ensuring that it is implemented. The Joint Committee may approve certain amendments to the Protocol.

    In order to facilitate the approval of such amendments, the Commission should be empowered, subject to specific conditions, to approve these amendments under a simplified procedure (in particular the review of fishing opportunities, decision on the modalities of the sectoral support in accordance with the Protocol as well as conditions governing fishing activities.

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  • PURPOSE: to conclude a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

    BACKGROUND: on the basis of an authorization from Council, the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the EU, the renewal of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. At the end of those negotiations, a new Protocol was initialled on 10 July 2015.

    It is now appropriate to conclude that Protocol.

    CONTENT: the draft decision calls on the Council to approve the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania for a period of four years on behalf of the Union.

    Objectives: the main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus.

    The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties.

    Fishing opportunities: the Protocol provides for fishing opportunities in the following categories:

    • Vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab: 5 000 tonnes and 25 vessels (Category 1);
    • Black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom longliners: 6 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 2);
    • Vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls: 3 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 3);
    • Tuna seiners: 12 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 25 vessels (Category 4);
    • Pole-and-line tuna vessels and longliners: 7 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 15 vessels (Category 5);
    • Pelagic freezer trawlers: 247 500 and 19 vessels (Category 6);
    • Non-freezer pelagic vessels: 15 000 tonnes (deducted from volume under category 6 if used) and 2 vessels (Category 7).

    Financial contribution: the annual financial contribution has been set at EUR 59 125 000 per year, on the basis of:

    • a total allowable catch of 261 500 tonnes for fishing categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a reference tonnage of 20 000 tonnes for fishing categories 4 and 5 of the Protocol, corresponding to an amount linked to access to EUR 55 000 000 per year, and
    • support for the development of the sectoral fisheries policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amounting to EUR 4 125 000 per year. This support meets the aims of national fishing policy and in particular the needs of Mauritania as regards supporting scientific and technical cooperation, training, fisheries monitoring, protecting the environment and development infrastructure.

    Duration of the agreement: the Protocol covers a period of four years from the date of provisional application– i.e. from the date of its signature.

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  • PURPOSE: to conclude a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

    BACKGROUND: on the basis of an authorization from Council, the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the EU, the renewal of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania. At the end of those negotiations, a new Protocol was initialled on 10 July 2015.

    It is now appropriate to conclude that Protocol.

    CONTENT: the draft decision calls on the Council to approve the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and Mauritania for a period of four years on behalf of the Union.

    Objectives: the main aim of the Protocol is to grant fishing opportunities to European Union vessels in Mauritanian waters taking into account available scientific assessments, in particular those of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), and in accordance with scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), within the limits of the available surplus.

    The objective is to also enhance cooperation between the European Union and Mauritania, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the fishing zone of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in the interests of both parties.

    Fishing opportunities: the Protocol provides for fishing opportunities in the following categories:

    • Vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab: 5 000 tonnes and 25 vessels (Category 1);
    • Black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom longliners: 6 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 2);
    • Vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls: 3 000 tonnes and 6 vessels (Category 3);
    • Tuna seiners: 12 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 25 vessels (Category 4);
    • Pole-and-line tuna vessels and longliners: 7 500 tonnes (reference tonnage) and 15 vessels (Category 5);
    • Pelagic freezer trawlers: 247 500 and 19 vessels (Category 6);
    • Non-freezer pelagic vessels: 15 000 tonnes (deducted from volume under category 6 if used) and 2 vessels (Category 7).

    Financial contribution: the annual financial contribution has been set at EUR 59 125 000 per year, on the basis of:

    • a total allowable catch of 261 500 tonnes for fishing categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a reference tonnage of 20 000 tonnes for fishing categories 4 and 5 of the Protocol, corresponding to an amount linked to access to EUR 55 000 000 per year, and
    • support for the development of the sectoral fisheries policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amounting to EUR 4 125 000 per year. This support meets the aims of national fishing policy and in particular the needs of Mauritania as regards supporting scientific and technical cooperation, training, fisheries monitoring, protecting the environment and development infrastructure.

    Duration of the agreement: the Protocol covers a period of four years from the date of provisional application– i.e. from the date of its signature.

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3.15.15.02 Fisheries agreements with African countries