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Parliamentary questions
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14 February 2020
Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004006/2019

As the Commission referred in its reply to Written Question E-003452/2019, in the framework of the first Joint Committee Meeting under the EU-Guinea-Bissau fisheries Protocol held in October 2019, the Minister of Fisheries of Guinea-Bissau met the responsible services in the Commission to review the authorisation procedure.

The meeting concluded that Guinea-Bissau should formally request resuming the authorisation procedure for exports to the EU, on the basis that fish would be landed and processed in the country, or transported in a Guinea-Bissau flagged vessel. Since the national laboratory is still not accredited, an accredited laboratory located in another country could test the samples.

Following this meeting , the Commission is aware that Guinea-Bissau authorities are preparing the necessary work in view of formally requesting the resumption of the authorisation procedure for exports of fishery products to the EU.

The Commission cannot foresee a timeline for the relaunching and finalisation of such authorisation procedure as, at this stage, it will mainly depend on the actions to be carried out by Guinea-Bissau.

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