Fisheries Issues in WTO and ACPEU Trade Negotiations

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Three papers presented at a meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific Fisheries and Trade experts in April 2003. The meeting’s primary concerns were the future of relations between the ACP and the EU, and preparing ACP countries for Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.

The first paper, ‘The Future of European UnionACP Fisheries Relations’, looks at the increasingly complex ACP/EU relationship. The second, ‘WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations: Implications for Fisheries Access Arrangements and Sustainable Management’, outlines a possible fisheries framework agreement. The third paper, ‘Elements of an ACPEU Framework Agreement on Fisheries Arrangements’, looks at the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations, considers the impact they will have on developing countries and suggests riskmitigation strategies.



WTO Fishery Subsidy Negotiations: Implications for EU-ACP Relations

Over the past decade, increasing attention has been paid to subsidies in fisheries, on the one hand in the context of concerns about environmental sustainability and fishing over-capacity (FAO, 1993; Milazzo, 1998), and on the other in relation to unfair competition and tradedistorting practices. In general the debate has been led by the UN organisations (most notably the FAO and the UN Environment Programme) and environmental NGOs, especially the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF, 1997; 1999; 2002). Until now it has been the environmental impacts of subsidies (through encouraging over-fishing) that have dominated the debate.


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