A dispute between the Newfoundland and Labrador government and Ottawa surrounding the Canadian European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA) was reignited Tuesday, with the province saying it will not relinquish authority over minimum fish processing requirements.
The European Union have proposed a 3 year pause in negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement, according to Fiji media.
Newfoundland and Labrador is suspending support for CETA and all trade agreements currently being negotiated with the federal government.
The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador is on the hunt for like-minded members of parliament, senators and European Union leaders as it continues to demand $280 million from the federal government.
The Faroe Islands and Turkey have signed a free trade agreement, culminating 15 years of negotiations. The island nation can now compete “on equal terms” with Norway, Scotland (UK) and Iceland to supply seafood to Turkey.
The European Court of Justice has in an answer to a question from a Swedish court of appeal informed that private fisheries agreements with Moroccan authorities are not allowed outside of the context of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement.
African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states that have not ratified Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the EU will shortly lose their free EU market access. Namibia was one of the last to say it would sign up.
For the first time in almost three years, an EU member state fishing vessel has been detected in the waters of occupied Western Sahara.
Indonesian fishermen will suffer more when the ASEAN Economic Community is implemented in 2015, the environmentalist organization Walhi said.
The King of Morocco has ratified its dirty fisheries agreement with EU, allowing EU vessels to fish in Western Sahara waters under Moroccan occupation. The European Commission fails in geography regarding the location of the fisheries in communiqué.
Free trade agreement with Costa Rica and Panama has been ratified by the Norwegian Parliament, granting Norwegian fish exporters the same terms and conditions as their competitors in the region, which implies they will operate on equal footing with countries such as Chile.
South Korea’s fisheries minister pledged full government efforts to limit losses by local fishermen from a free trade agreement with China and take compensatory measures for businesses inevitably hurt by the pact, reports state news agency Yonhap.
Seoul is pressing the issue but China maintains that it will not discuss it.
While the Philippine fisheries sector is generally seen as competitive under the proposed free trade agreement with the European Union, exporters said the government should still provide small fishermen with “safety nets” from stiffer competition.
The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Wednesday warned the Aquino administration against entering into a bilateral free trade agreement with the European Union, saying the forging of such an agreement will lead to the flooding of imported fish from EU member-states.
In the likelihood of a free-trade agreement between the Philippines and European Union, big processors, exporters of fish and the fish consumers in general will be the gainers while small-scale fishermen, small-scale fish processors and marketing agents, including women, will be among the losers, PIDS said in a report issued recently.
The Saharawi Natural Resources Watch has called on all European Parliamentarians, to reject the new EU-Morocco fishing agreement, which will be voted in December in the European Parliament so as to “honor Europe and its peoples”.
Spain’s National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish and Shellfish (Anfaco Cecopesca) is to once again ask the authorities of the European Union for the exclusion of Thai tuna from the free trade agreement that the European bloc is negotiating with Thailand.
Political spokespeople of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Committee of the Spanish Parliament have agreed to develop an institutional statement in defense of the Spanish tuna processing industry in relation to the negotiations on a free trade agreement between the European Union and Thailand
Plans for a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement are in jeopardy after the Pacific Island nations accused Europe of failing to respond to their requests and threatened to pull-out if Europe is unable to meet their deadline of the end of this year.