Joe Borg: Strengthening EU/Senegal fisheries partnership – Fishupdate.com

Joe Borg: Strengthening EU/Senegal fisheries partnership Published:  24 February, 2006

JOE Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, starts a two-day visit to Senegal this evening. During his visit, Commissioner Borg will emphasise the close relationship between the European Union and Senegal, particularly in fisheries. Sixty percent of Senegal’s exports of fisheries products come to the EU market.

Mr Borg will also welcome the co-operation between the two Parties through the existing Fisheries Agreement. This close relationship is set to continue as both parties have expressed their desire to enter into a Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA), with its focus on political dialogue, support for sustainable fisheries, based on scientific advice, and structural policy support for the development of the national fishing industry.

Tomorrow, Commissioner Borg will meet with President of Senegal, Mr Abdoulaye Wade and also with Minister for the Maritime Economy Djibo Leyti Ka. In addition to the future FPA, topics to be discussed will include the growing role in West African fisheries of the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), of which Senegal currently holds the presidency.

The European Union is contributing €10 million in two major projects to support the SRFC in the fields of both control and surveillance, and fisheries management. More broadly, the two parties will also discuss their co-operation in Regional Fisheries Organisations of relevance to them, with a view to promoting sustainable fisheries in the region, an objective to which both the Union and Senegal are committed.

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