The European Parliament adopted, on Tuesday in plenary session in Strasbourg, an overwhelming majority, the new fisheries agreement between Morocco and the European Union (EU).
This vote is the last stage of validation at European level before the adoption by the Moroccan Parliament and the entry into force of this agreement which sets the conditions of access for the European fleet and provides the requirements for sustainable fishing.
The adoption of the agreement by the European Parliament, with 415 votes in favor, 189 against and 49 abstentions on 653 deputies present in the plenary, constitutes the culmination of a process of technical negotiations, legal validations and political consultations between the Morocco and the EU imbued with serenity, confidence and responsibility to preserve the fundamentals of territorial integrity, the economic interests of the Kingdom and the multidimensional historical partnership between the two parties.
It is a logical continuation of recent positive developments in the bilateral strategic partnership, including the adoption of the Agricultural Agreement, which extends tariff preferences to products from the southern provinces of the Kingdom.
The new fisheries agreement between Morocco and the EU was signed on 14 January in Brussels.
Covering the fishing zone extending from parallel 35 to parallel 22, from Cape Spartel in northern Morocco to Cape Blanc in the southern Kingdom, this agreement specifies, among other things, the fishing zones and access conditions for the European fleet, with an increase in the financial contribution from an annual average of € 40.0 million to € 52.2 million (+ 30%).
The agreement also includes provisions to maximize benefits and benefits for local populations in the areas concerned. It also provides for technical requirements to preserve the sustainability of fisheries resources and the protection of the marine environment.