Recommendation for a COUNCIL DECISION authorising the opening of negotiations with Cabo Verde for the conclusion of a Protocol implementing the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Communities and Cabo Verde
1. This proposal relates to the opening of negotiations with Cabo Verde for the conclusion of a new protocol between the European Communities and Cabo Verde, through which Union vessels would be provided access to fish tuna in the waters of Cabo Verde.
2. The current protocol for the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Cabo Verde entered into force in December 2014 and expires in December 2018.
3. The four year protocol for the current agreement, which fixes the fishing opportunities provided to the Union fleets, and the corresponding financial contribution paid by the Union and the vessel owners, will expire on 22 December 2018. A new protocol would need to be concluded to allow the continuation of EU fishing activity.