There is more trouble brewing for the EU’s fishing industry after the collapse of talks on an agreement with Mauritania.
According to a negotiator from the west African country, the two sides failed to make an arrangement regarding money.
Under the current four-year deal, which is due to run out next July, Mauritania gets 305 million euros.
This latest disagreement comes as Spain estimates a loss of30 million euros following a row over fishing in Moroccan waters.
After the cancellation of a deal giving EU members special access in Moroccan waters, the North African country banned all European boats.
Spanish Minister of Environment and Fisheries Rosa Aguilar wants the EU to pay up:
“European Union has to compensate for the damage it has caused – the damage to the boat owners and their crews, and all the collateral damage,” she said.
Javier Garat from the Spanish Fishing Confederation CEPESCA – Spain’s largest group representing the industry – directly blamed EU Commissioner for Fisheries Maria Damanaki.
The EU has refused to renew the deal with Morocco, claiming payments to Rabat were costing too much. The agreement would have seen Morocco get 36 million euros for allowing mainly Spanish boats fish in its waters.
The EU also says the deal may not in the interests of the people living in the Moroccan-controlled disputed Western Sahara.