EC starts fish deal talks with Russia –

EC starts fish deal talks with Russia Fishing Monthly Published:  29 July, 2002

THE European Commission and the Russian Federation have held a first round of negotiations aimed at landing a fisheries co-operation agreement.According to the Commission,the first meeting allowed the presentation of respective positions and expectations.

Both parties agreed that the fisheries agreement should be based on three key aspects:co-operation between the EU and Russia in fisheries matters such as scientific research; fishing possibilities for EU vessels in the Russian economic exclusive zone and mechanisms to harmonise customs tariffs in the trading of fisheries products on a reciprocal basis. The agreement will also allow for the incorporation of the existing bilateral fisheries agreements between Finland and Sweden and Russia into an EU fisheries agreement.

The next meeting will take place in the autumn and will be preceded by technical meetings.