|COM (2019) 447
Proposal presented on 1 October 2019 by the European Commission regarding an extension to the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the EU-Mauritania FPA.
On 8 July 2019, the Council of the European Union adopted a mandate authorising the European Commission to open negotiations to renew the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and the Protocol implementing that Agreement which sets out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution and which will expire on 15 November 2019.
The mandate lays down that in the event of the negotiations for a new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) and Protocol between the EU and Mauritania taking longer than expected and to avoid fishing activity being interrupted for a long period of time, the Commission should be able to agree on an extension to the current Protocol for a maximum period of one year, while continuing to try to reach an agreement for a new SFPA and Protocol in line with the objectives set out in the mandate.
During the first round of negotiations (2-4 September 2019), negotiators from the EU and Mauritania agreed that due to their complex nature, a number of rounds would be needed in order to complete the negotiations. Both parties therefore agreed to extend the current Protocol for a maximum period of one year, in line with the mandate from the Council. The extension was established by way of an Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters which was initialled on 4 September 2019 in Brussels.
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