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Research for PECH Committee - Fisheries in Mauritania and the European Union

15-03-2018

This information note on the fisheries sector in Mauritania was prepared for the delegation of the PECH Committee which will be carrying out a visit from 2 to 6 April 2018. This note provides a description of the fisheries in Mauritania’s maritime areas and an analysis of the fisheries agreement with the European Union.

This information note on the fisheries sector in Mauritania was prepared for the delegation of the PECH Committee which will be carrying out a visit from 2 to 6 April 2018. This note provides a description of the fisheries in Mauritania’s maritime areas and an analysis of the fisheries agreement with the European Union.

State of Play of EU-Mauritania Relations

23-02-2017

Mauritania, an important ally of the EU in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, faces several inter-related development challenges: ensuring an efficient use of the revenue derived from natural resources, economic diversification and improved governance. The severity of these development challenges is increased by difficult political relations between the three main ethnic groups in the country, the dominant group being the Arab-Berber Bidhan. They constitute less than one-third of the country ...

Mauritania, an important ally of the EU in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, faces several inter-related development challenges: ensuring an efficient use of the revenue derived from natural resources, economic diversification and improved governance. The severity of these development challenges is increased by difficult political relations between the three main ethnic groups in the country, the dominant group being the Arab-Berber Bidhan. They constitute less than one-third of the country’s population, but dominate economically and politically. The Haratin, the largest group in the country, is made up of descendants of black Africans enslaved by the Bidhan (freed or still enslaved). The third group in the country is the West Africans or Black Mauritanians. Mauritania’s post-independence history is marked by repeated attempts by this group to assert its non-Arab identity and claim for a more equitable share of political and economic power. The tension that these divisions create is a problem in itself, but they can also be appropriated by violent Islamist insurgencies in the region. The urgency of this challenge is further complicated by the likelihood of increased climate change effects that the country is currently not adequately prepared for. This study therefore discusses the main political, economic and development challenges that contemporary Mauritania is faced with, illustrating how these challenges can only be properly grasped with consideration to their historical evolution. Based on this, the study investigates the current basis for EU-Mauritania relations and suggests a select number of policy areas for consideration, as this relationship continues to evolve around issues of mutual concern such as security and development.

EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement: New protocol

02-05-2016

Of all the fisheries partnership agreements currently in force, the EU-Mauritania agreement is by far the most significant in economic terms. A new protocol, setting the details for implementation of the agreement over the coming four years, was signed and entered into provisional application in November 2015. Parliament's consent is now required for the conclusion of this protocol.

Of all the fisheries partnership agreements currently in force, the EU-Mauritania agreement is by far the most significant in economic terms. A new protocol, setting the details for implementation of the agreement over the coming four years, was signed and entered into provisional application in November 2015. Parliament's consent is now required for the conclusion of this protocol.

EU-Mauritania fisheries partnership agreement

03-10-2013

The EU and Mauritania have concluded several fisheries agreements, starting in 1987. The most recent expired in July 2012. To prevent interruption of fishing, the Commission negoti­ated a new two-year Fisheries Partner­ship Protocol under the EU-Mauritania FPA.

The EU and Mauritania have concluded several fisheries agreements, starting in 1987. The most recent expired in July 2012. To prevent interruption of fishing, the Commission negoti­ated a new two-year Fisheries Partner­ship Protocol under the EU-Mauritania FPA.

EU-Mauritania fisheries agreements

17-06-2013

The current EU-Mauritania FPA is the most important fisheries agreement both in terms of volume and financial contribution (€70 million per year). In July 2012, the Commission initialled a two-year protocol which is provisionally in force, pending the consent of the European Parliament on its ratification. In May 2013, the Fisheries Committee refused to give its approval to the conclusion of the protocol, forming the view that the agreement was not economically viable.

The current EU-Mauritania FPA is the most important fisheries agreement both in terms of volume and financial contribution (€70 million per year). In July 2012, the Commission initialled a two-year protocol which is provisionally in force, pending the consent of the European Parliament on its ratification. In May 2013, the Fisheries Committee refused to give its approval to the conclusion of the protocol, forming the view that the agreement was not economically viable.

Fisheries in Mauritania and Fisheries Agreements with the EU

15-10-2010

Information note on the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Mauritania for the delegation of the Committee on Fisheries from 3 to 5 November 2010. The note describes fisheries and related activities in Mauritania. It also describes the development of the fisheries agreements concluded between Mauritania and the European Union.

Information note on the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Mauritania for the delegation of the Committee on Fisheries from 3 to 5 November 2010. The note describes fisheries and related activities in Mauritania. It also describes the development of the fisheries agreements concluded between Mauritania and the European Union.

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