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Document 22007A0807(01)

Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community on the one hand, and the Republic of Kiribati, on the other

OJ L 205, 7.8.2007, p. 3–7 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)
Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 04 Volume 005 P. 173 - 177

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22007A0807(01)

Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community on the one hand, and the Republic of Kiribati, on the other

Official Journal L 205 , 07/08/2007 P. 0003 - 0007


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Fisheries Partnership Agreement

between the European Community on the one hand, and the Republic of Kiribati, on the other

THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, hereinafter referred to as "the Community",

of the one part,

and

THE REPUBLIC OF KIRIBATI, hereinafter referred to as "Kiribati",

of the other part,

hereinafter referred to as "the parties",

CONSIDERING the close working relationship between the Community and Kiribati, particularly in the context of the Cotonou Agreement, and their mutual desire to intensify that relationship,

CONSIDERING the desire of the two parties to promote the sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources by means of cooperation,

HAVING REGARD TO the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and to the United Nations Fish Stock Agreement,

RECOGNISING that Kiribati exercises its sovereign rights or jurisdiction over a zone extending up to 200 nautical miles from the baselines in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,

AWARE of the importance of the principles established by the Code of Conductfor responsible fisheries adopted at the FAO Conference in 1995,

DETERMINED to cooperate, in their mutual interest, in promoting the introduction of responsible fisheries to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable exploitation of marine living resources,

CONVINCED that such cooperation must take the form of initiatives and measures which, whether taken jointly or separately, are complementary and ensure consistent policies and synergy of effort,

INTENDING, to these ends, to commence a dialogue on the sectoral fisheries policy adopted by the Government of Kiribati and to identify the appropriate means of ensuring that this policy is effectively implemented and that economic operators and civil society are involved in the process,

DESIROUS of establishing terms and conditions governing the fishing activities of Community vessels in Kiribati waters and Community support for the introduction of responsible fishing in those waters,

RESOLVED to pursue closer economic cooperation in the fishing industry and related activities through the setting up and development of joint enterprises involving companies from both parties,

HEREBY AGREE AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

Scope

This Agreement establishes the principles, rules and procedures governing:

(a) economic, financial, technical and scientific cooperation in the fisheries sector with a view to promoting responsible fishing in Kiribati waters to ensure the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources and develop the Kiribati fisheries sector;

(b) the conditions governing access by Community fishing vessels to Kiribati waters;

(c) cooperation on the arrangements for policing fisheries in Kiribati waters with a view to ensuring that the above rules and conditions are complied with, that the measures for the conservation and management of fish stocks are effective and that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) is prevented;

(d) partnerships between companies aimed at developing economic activities in the fisheries sector and related activities, in the common interest.

Article 2

Definitions

For the purposes of this Agreement:

(a) "Kiribati authorities" means the Government of Kiribati;

(b) "Community authorities" means the European Commission;

(c) "Kiribati waters" means the waters over which Kiribati has sovereignty or jurisdiction;

(d) "Fishing" means the actual or attempted fishing, catching, taking, killing or harvesting of fish, and includes any other activity which may reasonably be expected to result in the fishing or attempted fishing or catching, taking, killing or harvesting of fish, or any operation in support of or in preparation of any of the foregoing activity;

(e) "fishing vessel" means any vessel used or adapted for use for fishing commercially and including craft, support vessels, helicopters and light aircrafts used in fisheries operations;

(f) "Community vessel" means a fishing vessel flying the flag of a Member State of the Community and registered in the Community;

(g) "joint enterprise" means a commercial company set up in Kiribati by vessel owners or national enterprises from the parties in order to engage in fishing or related activities;

(h) "Joint Committee" means a committee made up of representatives of the Community and Kiribati whose functions are described in Article 9 of this Agreement;

(i) "transhipment" means the transfer in port of some or all of the catch from one fishing vessel to another fishing vessel;

(j) "shipowner" means any person legally responsible for a fishing vessel who is in charge of and controls it;

(k) "ACP seamen" means any seamen who are nationals of a non-European signatory to the Cotonou Agreement. To this end, a Kiribati seaman is an ACP seaman.

Article 3

Principles and objectives underlying the implementation of this Agreement

1. The parties hereby undertake to promote responsible fishing in Kiribati waters on the basis of the principles laid down in the FAO's Code of Conduct for responsible fisheries and the principle of non-discrimination between the different fleets fishing in those waters without prejudice to agreements concluded between developing countries within a geographical region, including reciprocal fisheries agreements.

2. The parties shall cooperate with a view to monitoring the results of the implementation of a sectoral fisheries policy adopted by the Government of Kiribati and shall initiate a policy dialogue on the necessary reforms. They shall consult with a view to adopting potential measures in this area.

3. The parties shall also cooperate in carrying out evaluations of measures, programmes and actions implemented on the basis of this Agreement. The results of the evaluations shall be analysed by the Joint Committee provided for in Article 9.

4. The parties hereby undertake to ensure that this Agreement is implemented in accordance with the principles of good economic and social governance, respecting the state of fish stocks.

5. The employment of Kiribati and/or ACP seamen on board Community vessels shall be governed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, which shall apply as of right to the corresponding contracts and general terms of employment. This concerns in particular the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Article 4

Scientific cooperation

1. During the period covered by this Agreement, the Community and Kiribati shall monitor the state of resources in the Kiribati fishing zone.

2. Based on the best available scientific advice, the Parties shall consult each other within the Joint Committee provided for in Article 9 and, where necessary and by mutual agreement, take measures to ensure the sustainable management of fisheries resources.

3. The Parties shall consult each other, either directly or within the regional and international organisations concerned, to ensure the management and conservation of highly migratory resources in the region, and to cooperate in the relevant scientific research.

Article 5

Access by Community vessels to fisheries in Kiribati waters

1. Kiribati undertakes to authorise Community vessels to engage in fishing activities in its fishing zone in accordance with this Agreement, including the Protocol and Annex thereto.

2. The fishing activities governed by this Agreement shall be subject to the laws and regulations in force in Kiribati. The Kiribati authorities shall notify the Commission of any amendments to that legislation and to any other legislation which may have an impact on fishing legislation.

3. Kiribati shall assume responsibility for the effective application of the fisheries monitoring provisions in the Protocol. Community vessels shall cooperate with the Kiribati authorities responsible for carrying out such monitoring. The steps taken by Kiribati to regulate fishing in the interests of the conservation of fishery resources shall be based on objective and scientific criteria, including the precautionary approach. They shall apply without discrimination both to Community, Kiribati and foreign vessels, without prejudice to agreements concluded between developing countries within a single geographical region, including reciprocal fisheries agreements

4. The Community undertakes to take all the appropriate steps required to ensure that its vessels comply with this Agreement and the legislation governing fisheries in the waters over which Kiribati has jurisdiction.

Article 6

Licences

1. Community vessels may fish in the Kiribati fishing zone only if they have a valid fishing licence issued under this Agreement.

2. The procedure for obtaining a fishing licence for a vessel, the taxes applicable and the method of payment to be used by shipowners shall be as set out in the Annex to the Protocol.

Article 7

Financial contribution

1. The Community shall grant Kiribati a financial contribution in accordance with the terms and conditions laid down in the Protocol and Annexes. This single contribution shall be composed of two related elements, namely:

(a) access by Community vessels to Kiribati fisheries; and

(b) the Community's financial support for promoting responsible fishing and the sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in Kiribati waters.

2. The component of the financial contribution referred to in the above paragraph shall be determined and managed in the light of objectives identified by common accord between the parties in accordance with the Protocol, to be achieved in the context of the sectoral fisheries policy drawn up by the Government of Kiribati and an annual and multiannual programme for its implementation.

3. The financial contribution granted by the Community shall be paid each year in accordance with the Protocol and subject to this Agreement and the Protocol in the event of any change to the amount of the contribution as a result of:

(a) unusual circumstances, other than natural phenomena, preventing fishing activities in Kiribati waters;

(b) a reduction in the fishing opportunities granted to Community vessels, made by mutual agreement for the purposes of managing the stocks concerned, where this is considered necessary for the conservation and sustainable exploitation of resources on the basis of the best available scientific advice;

(c) an increase in the fishing opportunities granted to Community vessels, made by mutual agreement between the parties where the best available scientific advice concurs that the state of resources so permits;

(d) a reassessment of the terms of Community financial support for implementing a sectoral fisheries policy in Kiribati, where this is warranted by the results of the annual and multiannual programming observed by both parties;

(e) termination of this Agreement under Article 12;

(f) suspension of the application of this Agreement under Article 13.

Article 8

Promoting cooperation among economic operators and in civil society

1. The parties shall encourage economic, scientific and technical cooperation in the fisheries sector and related sectors. They shall consult one another with a view to coordinating the different measures that might be taken to this end.

2. The parties shall encourage exchanges of information on fishing techniques and gear, preservation methods and the industrial processing of fisheries products.

3. The parties shall endeavour to create conditions favourable to the promotion of relations between enterprises from the parties in the technical, economic and commercial spheres, by encouraging the establishment of an environment favourable to the development of business and investment.

4. The parties shall undertake to implement an action plan between Kiribati and Community operators, with the aim of developing local landings of Community vessels.

5. The parties shall encourage, in particular, the setting-up of joint enterprises in their mutual interest which shall systematically comply with Kiribati and Community legislation.

Article 9

Joint Committee

1. A Joint Committee shall be set up to monitor the application of this Agreement. The Joint Committee shall perform the following functions:

(a) monitoring the performance, interpretation and application of this Agreement and, in particular, the definition of the annual and multiannual programming referred to in Article 7(2) and evaluation of its implementation;

(b) providing the necessary liaison for matters of mutual interest relating to fisheries;

(c) acting as a forum for the amicable settlement of any disputes regarding the interpretation or application of the Agreement;

(d) reassessing, where necessary, the level of fishing opportunities and, consequently, of the financial contribution;

(e) any other function which the parties decide on by mutual agreement.

2. The Joint Committee shall meet in principle once a year, alternately in the Community and in Kiribati or in any other location agreed between parties, and shall be chaired by the party hosting the meeting. It shall hold a special meeting at the request of either of the parties.

Article 10

Geographical area to which the Agreement applies

This Agreement shall apply, on the one hand, to the territories in which the Treaty establishing the European Community applies, under the conditions laid down in that Treaty, and, on the other, to the territory of Kiribati.

Article 11

Duration

This Agreement shall apply for six years from the date of its entry into force; it shall be renewable for additional periods of six years, unless notice of termination is given in accordance with Article 12.

Article 12

Termination

1. This Agreement may be terminated by either party in the event of unusual circumstances such as the degradation of the stocks concerned, the discovery of a reduced level of exploitation of the fishing opportunities granted to Community vessels, or failure to comply with undertakings made by the parties with regard to combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

2. The party concerned shall notify the other party of its intention to withdraw from the Agreement in writing at least six months before the date of expiry of the initial period or each additional period.

3. Dispatch of the notification referred to in the previous paragraph shall open consultations by the parties.

4. Payment of the financial contribution referred to in Article 7 for the year in which the termination takes effect shall be reduced proportionately and pro rata temporis.

Article 13

Suspension

1. Application of this Agreement may be suspended at the initiative of one of the parties in the event of a serious disagreement as to the application of provisions laid down in the Agreement. Suspension of application of the Agreement shall require the interested party to notify its intention in writing at least three months before the date on which suspension is due to take effect. On receipt of this notification, the parties shall enter into consultations with a view to resolving their differences amicably.

2. Payment of the financial contribution referred to in Article 7 shall be reduced proportionately and pro rata temporis, according to the duration of the suspension.

Article 14

Protocol and Annex

The Protocol and the Annex shall form an integral part of this Agreement.

Article 15

National law

The activities of Community vessels operating in Kiribati waters shall be governed by the applicable law in Kiribati, unless otherwise provided in this Agreement, the Protocol and the Annex and appendices thereto.

Article 16

Review clause

During the third year of application of this Agreement, the parties may review the provisions of the Agreement, and where necessary, make amendments.

Article 17

Repeal

This Agreement, on the date of its entry into force, repeals and replaces the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Kiribati on fishing off the coast of Kiribati of 16 September 2003.

Article 18

Entry into force

This Agreement, drawn up in duplicate in the Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish languages, each of these texts being equally authentic, shall enter into force on the date on which the parties notify each other that their procedures have been completed.

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