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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the enlargement of the permitted fishing zone in Libyan territorial waters

Innocenzo Leontini

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the enlargement of the permitted fishing zone in Libyan territorial waters  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the European Union has exclusive competence in fisheries matters, in particular as regards the definition of the common fisheries policy and the conclusion of international agreements with third countries;

B.  stressing that the central Mediterranean is the most important area of passage of bluefin tuna, and that not having access to it has extremely serious economic and social repercussions for the EU’s tuna fishing industry;

C.  whereas the EU has already come forward with a package worth almost EUR 70 million in bilateral support to Libya, subdivided into 23 projects covering several different sectors, mainly through the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP);

D.  whereas the seizure of EU fishing vessels by the Libyan authorities is a common occurrence;

1.  Believes that the European Union, within the ambit of its bilateral relations and in the light of the substantial financial support provided to Libya, should request that the permitted fishing zone in Libyan territorial waters be enlarged;

2.  Calls on the Commission to negotiate an agreement with the Libyan authorities aimed at enabling EU fishermen to have legal and safe access to Libyan fishing waters.

Last updated: 9 November 2018Legal notice