Fisheries Issues in WTO and ACP-EU Trade Negotiations: Economic Paper 56

Overview

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 Union-ACP Fisheries Relations, looks at the increasingly complex ACP/EU relationship. The second, WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations: Implications for Fisheries Access Arrangements and Sustainable ...

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Overview

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 Union-ACP 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 ACP-EU Framework Agreement on Fisheries Arrangements, looks at the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations, considers the impact they will have on developing countries and suggests risk-mitigation strategies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780850927597
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Economic Paper Series
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Roman Grynberg is the Deputy Director of the Economic Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
I The Future of European Union-ACP Fisheries Relations 1
1 Introduction 3
1.1 Executive Summary 3
1.2 Overview of the Common Fisheries Policy 4
1.3 Background to the CFP Review 4
2 The Failure of European Fishing Policy 6
2.1 The Context of European Union Fisheries 6
2.2 The Structure of the CFP 6
2.3 The Failure of the CFP Model 7
3 The Shaping of Europe's Revised Fishing Policy 9
3.1 The First Decisions 9
The Conservation Policy 9
Structural Policy: Vessel Scrapping Measures 11
Structural Policy: Vessel Transfers 11
4 Positions of EU Member States on CFP Reform 14
4.1 The Enlargement States 15
5 Current Status of EU-ACP Fisheries Relations 16
5.1 EU Fishery Interventions in ACP States under the CFP 16
EU Bilateral Fisheries Agreements 17
Shortcomings of Current EU-ACP Fisheries Agreements 28
The Case of Seychelles--A Tuna Agreement 29
Subsidised Vessel Transfers 31
The Case of Mozambique 32
5.2 EU-ACP Co-operation in the Fisheries Sector 32
5.3 The Cotonou Agreement and Fisheries 33
6 Elements of New EU-ACP Fisheries Relations 35
6.1 From Fisheries Agreements to Fisheries Partnership Agreements 35
Resource Management 37
Monitoring/Control/Surveillance 38
Optimising Post-harvest Arrangements 38
6.2 Fisheries and Poverty Reduction: An Alternative Framework for FPAs 39
6.3 EU Action Plan against Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing 40
7 WTO Fishery Subsidy Negotiations: Implications for EU-ACP Relations 42
7.1 What Constitutes a Subsidy? 42
7.2 How Far Will the Negotiations Go? 44
7.3 Which Fisheries Subsidies Currently Affect EU-ACP Relations? 45
7.4 What Impact Will WTO Negotiations Have on EU-ACP Relations? 45
8 Strengthening the Capacity of ACP Countries to Satisfy Health Conditions for Fishery Products 47
8.1 Increasingly Stringent Food Quality and Safety Standards 47
8.2 EU Quality Standards: A Constraint to Local Value-adding Industries 48
8.3 An EU Programme to Support Compliance with its Hygiene Standards 49
9 Observations, Conclusions and Recommendations 51
10 References 55
II WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations: Implications for Fisheries Access Arrangements and Sustainable Management 59
1 Introduction 61
2 Existing Economic Theory and Empirical Evidence on Subsidies 62
3 Existing WTO Rules on Subsidies 64
4 The Post-Doha Fisheries Negotiations and the Concerns of Small Developing Coastal States 67
4.1 The Negotiations 67
4.2 The Concerns of Small Vulnerable Coastal States 70
5 Fisheries Subsidies Disciplines--the Case of Pacific ACP Fisheries Access Arrangements 73
5.1 Fisheries Access Arrangements with the USA 73
5.2 EU Fisheries Partnership Agreements 74
5.3 Japan, Korea and Taiwan 75
5.4 Revenue Estimates from Pacific ACP Access Arrangements 77
6 Implications of WTO Disciplines on Fisheries Subsidies 81
III Elements of an ACP-EU Framework Agreement on Fisheries Partnerships 83
1 Introduction 85
2 Basic Principles 87
3 Fisheries Management and Conservation Issues 88
4 Financial and Trade Measures 89
5 Vessel Management and Post-harvest Arrangements 91
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