Ending the EU-Comoros fisheries deal
MEPs are set to back plans to end the EU-Comoros Fisheries Agreement in a vote on Thursday, due to the Comoros’ involvement in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
The EU Commission proposal to terminate the agreement followed problems with piracy and the Comoros’ failure to comply with the Regulation on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
This would be the first time that the EU has terminated a fisheries agreement.
The EU-Comoros fisheries partnership agreement ran from 2005 to 2011 and then was tacitly renewed for 7 years.
“Negligible” economic and social impact
The economic and social impact of terminating the agreement “can be considered as negligible”, said fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella in a reply to a written question by EP rapporteur João Ferreira (GUE/NGL, PT), since EU vessels have been unable to fish in Comorian waters since 1 January 2017.
Bilateral fisheries relations between the European Union (and its predecessors) and the Comoros date back to 1988. This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels, mainly from Spain, France and Portugal, to fish in the Comoros waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in the Indian Ocean.
Debate: Wednesday, 14 March
Vote: Thursday, 15 March