A delegation of MEPs from the PECH Committee will visit Senegal this week to take stock of EU-Senegal fisheries partnership
A delegation of MEP‘s from the Committee on Fisheries, led by its chair Pierre Karleskind (Renew, FR), will visit Senegal on 22-24 February, to take stock of EU-Senegal fisheries partnership.
During their first mission after COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, fisheries MEPs will visit Senegal to access the implementation of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Senegal, in force since November 2019.
MEPs will meet government officials, local authorities, fishermen associations and representatives of EU fleet fishing under the EU-Senegal partnership agreement to discuss the sustainable management of fisheries resources and EU sponsored projects to protect the local fishermen and food security.
Ahead of the mission Mr. Pierre Karleskind, Chair of European Parliament‘s committee on Fisheries, said: “Excited to lead the delegation of the EP’s Fisheries Committee in Senegal to observe the implementation of the sustainable fisheries partnership agreement. The goal of systemic sustainable fisheries is a global challenge!”
Mr Karleskind will be joined by five other MEPs: Mr Niclas Herbst (EPP, DE), Mr Predrag Fred Matič (S&D, HR), Ms Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (Renew, ES), Ms Caroline Roose (Greens, FR), Mr Nicolás Gonzalez Casares (S&D, ES).
The first ever EU bilateral fisheries agreements was signed with Senegal, in 1979. It was a mixed agreement, implemented until 2006 using a series of protocols that gave EU vessels access to a wide range of fisheries resources. In November 2020, European Parliament backed the renewed fisheries partnership with Senegal, offering opportunities to French and Spanish fishermen.