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Commissioner Damanaki in Rabat to launch the process of negotiations for a new EU-Morocco fisheries agreement protocol

Press release - 23/4/2012

Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, was in Rabat, Morocco, on 20-21 April to launch the the process of negotiations for a new EU-Morocco fisheries agreement protocol.

After her meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Commissioner Maria Damanaki made the following statement:

"The European Commission considers Morocco to be a key partner, not only in the Mediterranean, but in general.

I asked the Commission and the Council to give me a mandate to discuss the new fisheries agreement protocol and I obtained it: we are seeking a new agreement that, at the same time, respects environmental sustainability, is profitable for both sides and is in line with international law.

I believe that today we have done a very good start and we should continue along this path.

For the EU and Morocco, cooperation is not a choice: it is a must. We have to cooperate if we are to manage fish stocks effectively.

I am glad to say that we started today our exploratory talks for a new fisheries agreement protocol with Morocco."