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Parliamentary questions
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27 February 2019
Question for written answer E-001093-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE)

 Subject:  Incidents involving Chinese and EU vessels in Argentine territorial waters
 Answer in writing 
A group of shipowners in Vigo have condemned the aggressiveness and improper behaviour of Chinese registered vessels that are causing problems for EU vessels from ports in Galicia. Furthermore, the Chinese vessels are contravening protocols on protection of the seabed and engaging in IUU fishing practices that are contrary to the policy the EU is promoting through the CFP external dimension. These incidents are taking place in Argentine territorial waters in what is known as ‘Mile 201’ and adjacent waters, and are connected with fishing for cuttlefish. There was even a collision in recent weeks which ended in a Chinese boat sinking and its crew having to be rescued by a Galician vessel. Given this evidence of behaviour linked to illegal, undeclared and unreported fishing and that these practices are injurious to EU vessels:
1. Is the Commission aware of these incidents? If not, will it instigate inquiries into them?
2. Does it have powers to act on behalf of the EU vessels adversely affected by these incidents?
3. Will it contact the countries that register these illegal vessels and the Argentine Government in order to resolve this problem?
Original language of question: ES 
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