Written by Staff Writer
14 Oct, 2014 | 5:34 pm
The European Commissions has proposed to ban imports of fisheries products from Sri lanka in order to tackle commercial benefits which stem from illegal fishing ..
Issuing a press release Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries hoped that this would serve as a wake-up call for Sri Lanka
According to the Commission’s assessment, Sri Lanka has not sufficiently addressed the shortcomings in its fisheries control system identified in November 2012.
The main weaknesses include shortcomings in the implementation of control measures, a lack of deterrent sanctions for the high seas fleet, as well as lacking compliance with international and regional fisheries rules.
As a result, the Commission tables a ban on fisheries products caught by Sri Lankan vessels being imported into the EU.
In order to avoid disrupting ongoing commercial contracts, the full trade measures will only come into force in mid-January 2015, which is three months after the decision is published in the EU’s official journal.
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