Under the first-ever five-year fisheries agreement with Liberia, approved by plenary on Tuesday - 584 votes to 35 with 43 abstentions - EU and mainly  Spanish and French vessels targeting tuna will be allowed to fish in the waters of the Liberian Exclusive Economic Zone. In return, the EU will pay Liberia a financial contribution of €715000 for the first year, €650000 for the second, third and fourth year and €585000 for the fifth year. 

The first-ever Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Liberia was signed on 9 December 2015 and has applied provisionally since then.


Background information

The fisheries sector contributes about 12% of Liberia’s agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) and 3% of the overall GDP. With more than half of the population estimated to live along the coast, dependent on fisheries for livelihoods, fish provides an estimated 65 % of animal protein intake within the country.


Procedure: Consent procedure


Further information 

Adopted text will be available here (click on 10.05.2016)


Video recording of debate (click on 09.05.2016)


Profile of rapporteur Jarosław WAŁĘSA (EPP, PL)


Procedure file


Commission webpage on Liberia


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