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Minister Expects Big Progress in EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement

Lucy Towers
30 January 2013, at 12:00am

SPAIN - The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Miguel Arias Caete, has said that negotiations for the new fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco is advancing and technical conditions should be now closed.

Mr Arias Caete stated that: "We are trying to improve some technical aspects of fishing opportunities." In any case, "I hope that much progress can be made and, if not closed in this round, it can be closed immediately in the next round," he said.

However, Mr Arias Caete has stated that financial compensation is always one of the most complex issues of fisheries agreements. To this end, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Fisheries, Carlos Dominguez, will remain all week in Brussels to attend coordination meetings with the European Commission.

The minister also explained that "there are movements" in the agreement with Mauritania, which opposes the government and the sector. On this agreement, the minister is expected to give "important steps" that allow changes in the fishing possibilities and prior to ratification by Parliament.