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Parliamentary questions
12 June 2018
E-001985/2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission

1. The unjustified financial requests and disproportionate operational conditions for the EU fleet requested by Guinea-Bissau led negotiations into a deadlock.

2. The Agreement between the EU and Guinea-Bissau remains active, while there is no implementing Protocol in force. Following four rounds of negotiations between the European Union and Guinea-Bissau, with the last round being held at the end of June 2017, no final agreement on the new Protocol has been reached. Yet, contacts between the parties have not been interrupted since the deadlock. The European Union is ready to resume negotiations on a new Protocol should Guinea-Bissau request it.

The Commission is making every effort to identify possible new partner countries in order to secure additional sustainable fishing opportunities for the EU fleet. In that context, it is considering to recommend the opening of negotiations with countries where there is currently no Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) in application.

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