New govt forwards extension request for EU fish export ban grace period

New govt forwards extension request for EU fish export ban grace period

New govt forwards extension request for EU fish export ban grace period

Written by Bella Dalima

15 Jan, 2015 | 9:58 pm

The new government has forwarded a request for a six month extension to the grace period for the EU ban on Sri Lankan fish exports.

State Minister for Fisheries, Dilip Wedaarachchi speaking to News1st said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had submitted this request. Over the recent past the EU warned Sri Lanka for not abiding with international standards when engaging in fishing.

Therefore, the EU decided to grant a grace period for Sri Lanka to ensure adherence to international standards before the imposition of a ban. The grace period granted by the EU was to end today.

State Minister of Fisheries, Dilip Wedaarachchi stated that Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe had submitted a written request to the European Union on January  13, 2015 to remove this ban and provide a six month grace period.

He went on to say that the Prime Minister noted that we would adhere to the international standards. Because the EU did not have faith in the previous administration, and because they now have faith in the new government, the new president and new prime minister.

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