It has taken years of negotiations and is costing the European Union 144 million euros, but Morocco has now agreed to let some European fishermen back into its waters. The two sides have just signed an accord to replace one that ran out in 1999. Since then many mainly Spanish and Portuguese fisherman have been out of work. External commerce minister, Mustapha Mechahouri, signed for Morocco. He said the treaty took into consideration problems expressed by Morocco but also a number of those facing the EU. He said it was a fair deal.