Spain wants “continuity” in the fisheries agreement with Morocco

This Wednesday, Spain has defended the continuity of the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the European Union, stressing the vital importance of this agreement for Spanish fishers.

“We want the agreement to continue (…) within the framework of the relations of cooperation and friendship that we have with Morocco”, stressed the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, in reaction to the decision of the European Court of First Instance on the Moroccan/EU agricultural and fisheries agreements.

Morocco is a “strategic partner,” and an “important fishing area” for the European and Spanish fleets since 93 of the 132 vessels fishing in its waters are Spanish, Planas insisted.

Despite the court’s decision, both agreements “remain in force” at least for a while, he said.

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