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Sweden opposes EU fisheries deal with Morocco

Published torsdag 17 februari 2011 kl 21.12
Minister for Rural Affairs and Fisheries, Eskil Erlandsson. Photo: Tora Lindberg/Sameradio

A fisheries agreement between the European Union and Morocco is likely to be renewed despite Swedish attempts to bring it to an end.

“This agreement contravenes international law so I can’t say yes to it,” Sweden’s Minister for Rural Affairs and Fisheries, Eskil Erlandsson, told news agency TT.

A number of EU countries, including Denmark, Finland and the UK, have reservations about the agreement due to Morocco’s occupation of the Western Sahara, yet a large number of member states are in favour of continuing.

When the agreement over fishing rights off the Moroccan coast was originally signed in 2006, Sweden voted against it.

On Friday, a meeting of EU member state ambassadors in Brussels will decide whether or not to instruct the European Commission to renew the agreement.

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