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New EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement: Improving transparency and cooperation

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Basque MEP Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, the rapporteur for the parliamentary report on the fisheries agreement, has stressed that the new fisheries agreement with Mauritania "will improve transparency and cooperation with the local industry". The EDP MEP presented the agreement's details in Brussels to the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament.

She said that the agreement "will inject 74 million per year over the next five years into the country, including direct payments and funding programmes to support local industry". Izaskun Bilbao Barandica emphasised that "it works well as a tool for cooperation, promoting sustainable fishing with rules and control and improving working conditions onboard vessels operating in these waters". Among the improvements included in the agreement, she highlighted "greater transparency regarding the activities of third-country vessels in these waters", as the country's authorities "undertake to publish the agreements they reach outside the agreement signed with the European Union (EU)".

Moreover, she pointed out that "in the coming years, technical teams will assist local authorities in the preparation and implementation of programmes to implement programmes to assist their small-scale fishing sectors and coastal communities. There will be greater visibility of the European contribution in these cooperation programmes which will strengthen women-initiated enterprises." "The application of International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards to the recruitment of local crews is guaranteed", which, in her opinion, "will improve the employment conditions of fishermen in those waters". Finally, she highlighted that the agreement incorporates "the possibility for EU vessels, in exceptional circumstances, to unload their catches in non-Mauritanian ports" and incorporates a clause to "review the volume of catches and European contributions after three years".