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Parliamentary questions
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9 January 2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-006510/2017

The Commission considers that working with China on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing issues is an essential part of the cooperation between the EU and China on ocean affairs. In this context, an EU-China IUU Working Group was established where the Commission and China exchange on their policies to counter IUU fishing, initiatives aiming at eliminating IUU fishing activities in international fora, the implementation of the EU Catch Certification Scheme and on alleged and confirmed IUU fishing activities. The working group has met in February 2016, March and December 2017.

Sessions of the IUU Working Group are an opportunity to encourage China to take an active stance on its commitment to curb IUU fishing activities. Focal points were appointed in order to facilitate exchanges in between sessions.

China confirmed its commitment to cooperate on fighting IUU fishing and informed of some of the concrete actions it is taking to this aim on the occasion of Commissioner Vella’s visit to China for the closing ceremony of the EU-China Blue Year in December 2017.

In this context, and in response to China’s interest in establishing a Blue Cooperation Partnership with the EU, the Commission has developed a proposal for an ‘EU-China Ocean Partnership’. It sets out a comprehensive framework for cooperation and dialogue with China on ocean affairs, covering maritime affairs as well as fisheries, including IUU fishing. The proposal has been endorsed by the Council and is now under discussion with China.

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