Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 00:00
European Socialists and Democrats called on the EU fisheries ministers and the Commission to provide immediate financial support for EU fishermen banned from Moroccan waters, following the European Parliament decision to put an end to the existing fisheries agreement with Rabat as from yesterday.
Ulrike Rodust MEP, S&D spokesperson on fisheries, and Josefa Andres Barea, S&D member of the Parliament's committee on fisheries, said:
"The fisheries agreement gave jobs to more than 800 fishermen from several EU countries. We ask the Commission and Council to take an initiative to compensate ship-owners and fishermen who suffer as a result of the abrupt end to the agreement.
"Yesterday's vote should not prejudice EU-Morocco relations. The S&D Group has made clear that we want a new and a better deal, which addresses our environmental, economical and legal concerns. We are sure that Morocco and the EU will be able to continue their good relationship and that they will be able to conclude a new and sustainable agreement."
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