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.
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
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)
Commission webpage on Liberia