Commission Starts New Protocol Negotiations with Morocco

9 November 2012, at 12:00am

EU - Following up on the visit by EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki to Rabat in April, formal negotiations on the terms of a new Protocol with Morocco began yesterday 8 November 2012.

Commissioner Maria Damanaki stated: "I am glad to announce that the negotiations for a new fisheries agreement protocol with Morocco are starting today. Cooperation with Morocco is essential in our efforts towards the efficient management of fish stocks.

"For this, the Council gave me a mandate, and together with Morocco, we have committed to conclude a renewed partnership that is in line with the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and its external dimension, ensuring maximum benefit to both parties."