Progress on EU-Seychelles FPA

18 Apr 2013
The EU and Seychelles have concluded the second round of negotiations to agree a new FPA. Credit:Hansueli Krapf/CC-by-sa-2.5

The EU and Seychelles have concluded the second round of negotiations to agree a new FPA. Credit:Hansueli Krapf/CC-by-sa-2.5

The second round of negotiations between the EU and the Seychelles to agree a new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement took place this week.

The European Commission says that the Agreement with the Seychelles, which expires in January 2014, is the most significant tuna agreement in the Indian Ocean both in terms of the fishing opportunities it provides the EU and, in turn, the financial benefits derived by the Seychelles as a result of the EU fleet's activities in the region.

The EC says that progress was made towards the finalisation of the new Protocol and the conditions under which the EU fleet will be able to carry out its fishing activities in the Seychelles' waters. Both sides emphasised the need for the new Protocol to provide continuity from the existing Agreement so that fishing activities could continue in the Seychelles EEZ without interruption or detrimental impact on either the EU fleet or local economy.

It is likely that the negotiations will be concluded at the third round of talks to be held in the Seychelles on 9-10 May 2013, where the discussions will focus on the substantial issues relating to fishing opportunities and financial compensation.

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