The EC pays € 64 million as part of the annual contribution of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Mauritania
On 4 August 2010, the European Commission paid € 64 million as part of the annual financial contribution of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with Mauritania.
This contribution includes a first component to pay for the cost of access of EU vessels to Mauritanian waters (€ 55 million) and a second component to support the partner country's fisheries sector (€ 9 million).
The sectoral support foreseen in the agreement sustains the local fisheries sector, targeting mainly education, port facilities, sanitary measures and artisanal fisheries. It involves concrete activities to increase the efficiency of local fisheries (e.g. better equipped artisanal port of Nouakchott and Nouadhibou, chemical laboratory of Nouadhibou to ensure sanitary measures, maritime school of Nouadhibou to train seamen).
The allocations foreseen in the agreement for sectoral support are as follows: € 11 million in 2008, € 16 million in 2009 and € 18 million in 2010. The payment of the € 18 million envelope for sector support for 2010 has been split into € 9 million paid in August 2010 and € 9 million payable by December 2010 to encourage the concerned Mauritanian partners to increase implementation of the aid. Mauritania and the EU have agreed to closely monitor the implementation of the sectoral support, aiming at a higher absorption of sectoral support funds by December 2010.
With the payment, mechanisms for an improved implementation of the sectoral support have been introduced to enhance compliance with the commitments foreseen under the protocol as well as the principle of sound financial management.
The FPA EU/Mauritania, whose current protocol entered into force on 1st August 2008 for a period of four years, is the largest fisheries agreement, enabling around 130 European vessels to use Mauritanian fisheries surplus stocks, vital for the EU fisheries industry and for EU consumers. This FPA provides a transparent legal framework for the smooth implementation of the fishing activities of the EU vessels in Mauritanian waters.