The Spanish minister of fisheries also supported the recent adoption of the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement by the European Parliament.
Rabat – Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Luis Planas expressed hope that the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement will be finalized soon.
“I would like it if the Spanish vessels would be able to fish again in Moroccan waters before summer,” said the Spanish minister in an interview with Spanish news outlet EFE.
A plenary session at the European Parliament will vote on the fisheries agreement on February 13.
In January, Morocco and the EU signed an agreement setting out the conditions of access for European vessels in Moroccan waters and laying down requirements for sustainable fishing.
The European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries adopted the agreement on January 23, but it will not go into effect until after a full Parliament vote.
It is not the first time Planas has urged the European Union to speed up the ratification of the agreement.
In November 2018, the Spanish official, Spanish MEPs and the European Parliament’s agriculture and fisheries commissions asked that it be approved in the first quarter of 2019.
On January 16, the European Parliament passed the agriculture agreement between Morocco and the EU by a large majority.
The deal received 444 votes in its favor.