They therefore decided to suspend the discussions, held in Brussels on 9-10 October, to enable both parties to make the necessary internal consultations.
Based on the available surplus identified by the Joint Scientific Committee, and to ensure the sustainable exploitation of stocks, the EU is seeking to reduce the level of fishing opportunities for small pelagics, as well as the corresponding financial contributions that go along with them. This reduction is further justified by the level of small pelagic catches in the current Protocol.
The EU has expressed its willingness to continue the dialogue with Mauritania in order to reach a mutually satisfactory compromise and forge a long-lasting partnership. To this end, and given the new strategic direction of Mauritania, the EU is ready to substantially increase its financial support to the Mauritanian fisheries sector.