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Answer – The sinking of the fishing boat 'Daniela L' and the need to protect fishermen – P-007483/2017

Any violence and violation of international law by any actors in the Mediterranean is deplorable.

The EU is engaging in dialogue on fisheries issues with all non-EU Mediterranean countries through its MedFish4Ever initiative. In March 2017, 15 riparian states agreed together on the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration(1) and to work towards safeguarding the sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources, protecting the environment, promoting blue growth and reinforcing regional cooperation. While Libya participates in fisheries dialogues in the context of the MedFish4Ever initiative, it has not signed the MedFish4Ever Declaration. Moreover, political instability and poor security in Libya hampers EU engagement with dependable interlocutors in the country, on these and on other issues. Addressing Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing and improving control on fisheries form part of the objectives of the Declaration which is implemented both bilaterally with each non-EU riparian state as well as multilaterally through cooperation under the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).

The EU implements the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) since 2014, and issues related to external policy are set out under Articles 28-33 of the CFP Regulation(2). The Commission report on the functioning of the CFP is due by 31 December 2022.

The application of social and economic rights of EU fishermen is an issue of importance for the Commission which will continue to combat all abuses and to extend action to all areas and instruments, looking also at global supply chains, international partnerships, cooperation and dialogue.

(2) Regulation(EU) No 1380/2013 of the European parliament and of the Council on the CFP, OJ L 354, 28.12.2013, p. 22.