EU and Gabon initial new fisheries partnership agreement and protocol Published: 06 December, 2005
THE European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, and Gabon have initialled a Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) for a period of six years, which became effective on 3 December 2005. This fisheries agreement will replace the current one, due to end the day before. The new Protocol under the FPA provides for tuna fishing opportunities for 40 Community vessels, in return for an EU annual financial contribution of 860,000, of which 60% is earmarked for support to the Gabonese national fishing policy. In addition to refocusing financial support, the new agreement also marks the beginning of a new era in fisheries cooperation between the EU and Gabon dedicated to promoting sustainable fisheries in Gabonese waters. In particular, it breaks new ground by committing both parties to broad-ranging and systematic policy dialogue, and to strengthening cooperation in a number of areas. This move towards partnership agreements, agreed under the 2002 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, focus support on developing the local fishing sector and the capacity of the partner countries to ensure sustainable fisheries in their waters.
Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, said: This partnership agreement opens a new chapter in fish co-operation between the European Union and Gabon as it will strengthen Gabons efforts at ensuring sustainable fisheries in its waters.
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