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Fishing agreement: New slap for Polisario

The European Parliament’s fisheries committee adopted, by a large majority, the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the European Union (EU).

This decisive vote in this committee, which decides on substantive issues, is the final step in the specialized committees of the European Parliament before the final adoption in plenary session expected to take place in February.

From a European parliamentary source in Brussels, it is estimated that the vote of this text with 17 votes in favor and 7 against, with 2 abstentions, reflects the position of the majority of the political groups represented in the European Parliament and is a logical continuation of the positive developments in the strategic partnership between Morocco and the EU, including the overwhelming majority last week in plenary in Strasbourg of the agricultural agreement extending tariff preferences to products from the southern provinces of the Kingdom.

The fisheries agreement between Morocco and the EU, which sets the conditions for access for the European fleet and provides the requirements for sustainable fishing, was signed on 14 January in Brussels.

This agreement covers the fishing zone extending from parallel 35 to parallel 22, from Cape Spartel in northern Morocco to Cape Blanc in the southern Kingdom.

It 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 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.

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