16.11.2020   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 383/3


AGREEMENT IN THE FORM OF AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA ON AN EXTENSION TO THE PROTOCOL SETTING OUT THE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES AND FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION PROVIDED FOR IN THE FISHERIES PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA, EXPIRING ON 15 NOVEMBER 2020

A.   Letter from the European Union

Dear Sirs,

I am pleased to confirm that we agree to the following interim arrangements for the second extension to the Protocol currently in force (16 November 2015-15 November 2019, already renewed for one year until 15 November 2020 (1)), hereinafter ‘the Protocol’, setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, pending completion of the negotiations on the renewal of the Partnership Agreement and the Protocol.

The European Union and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania have therefore agreed the following:

1)

As from 16 November 2020 or any other subsequent date from the signing of this exchange of letters, the arrangements in force during the final year of the Protocol will be renewed under the same conditions for a maximum period of one year.

2)

The Union’s financial contribution for vessels to have access to Mauritanian waters under the extension will correspond to the annual amount provided for under Article 2 of the Protocol, as amended by the Joint Committee on 15 and 16 November 2016 (2). That payment will be made in a single instalment, no later than three months from the date of provisional application of this exchange of letters.

3)

Under this extension agreement, sectoral support amounts to EUR 4,125 million. The Joint Committee provided for under Article 10 of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement will approve the programming for this amount according to the provisions set out in Article 3(1) of the Protocol no later than two months from the date of application of this exchange of letters. The conditions referred to in Article 3 of the Protocol relating to the implementation and payment of sectoral support will apply mutatis mutandis.

4)

In the event that the negotiations to renew the Partnership Agreement and its Protocol result in these being signed and subsequently entering into force prior to the expiry of the one-year period provided for under point 1, payment of the financial contribution referred to in points 2 and 3 will be reduced pro rata temporis. The corresponding amount already paid will be deducted from the first financial contribution due under the new protocol.

5)

During the application period of this extension agreement, fishing licences will be allocated within the limits set under the Protocol, by means of fees or advances corresponding to those set in Appendix 1 of Annex 1 to the Protocol.

6)

This exchange of letters will apply provisionally as from 16 November 2020, or any other subsequent date from its signing, pending its entry into force. It will enter into force on the date on which the Parties notify each other that they have completed the necessary procedures for that purpose.

I should be obliged if you would acknowledge receipt of this letter and confirm that you are in agreement with its terms.

Yours faithfully,

For the European Union

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B.   Letter from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Dear Sirs,

I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter of today’s date, which reads as follows:

‘Dear Sirs,

I am pleased to confirm that we agree to the following interim arrangements for the second extension to the Protocol currently in force (16 November 2015-15 November 2019, already renewed for one year until 15 November 2020 (3)), hereinafter ‘the Protocol’, setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, pending completion of the negotiations on the renewal of the Partnership Agreement and the Protocol.

The European Union and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania have therefore agreed the following:

1)

As from 16 November 2020 or any other subsequent date from the signing of this exchange of letters, the arrangements in force during the final year of the Protocol will be renewed under the same conditions for a maximum period of one year.

2)

The Union’s financial contribution for vessels to have access to Mauritanian waters under the extension will correspond to the annual amount provided for under Article 2 of the Protocol, as amended by the Joint Committee on 15 and 16 November 2016 (4). That payment will be made in a single instalment, no later than three months from the date of provisional application of this exchange of letters.

3)

Under this extension agreement, sectoral support amounts to EUR 4,125 million. The Joint Committee provided for under Article 10 of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement will approve the programming for this amount according to the provisions set out in Article 3(1) of the Protocol no later than two months from the date of application of this exchange of letters. The conditions referred to in Article 3 of the Protocol relating to the implementation and payment of sectoral support will apply mutatis mutandis.

4)

In the event that the negotiations to renew the Partnership Agreement and its Protocol result in these being signed and subsequently entering into force prior to the expiry of the one-year period provided for under point 1, payment of the financial contribution referred to in points 2 and 3 will be reduced pro rata temporis. The corresponding amount already paid will be deducted from the first financial contribution due under the new protocol.

5)

During the application period of this extension agreement, fishing licences will be allocated within the limits set under the Protocol, by means of fees or advances corresponding to those set in Appendix 1 of Annex 1 to the Protocol.

6)

This exchange of letters will apply provisionally as from 16 November 2020, or any other subsequent date from its signing, pending its entry into force. It will enter into force on the date on which the Parties notify each other that they have completed the necessary procedures for that purpose.’.

I can confirm that the terms of your letter are acceptable to my Government.

Your letter and this letter constitute an agreement in accordance with your proposal.

Yours faithfully,

For the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

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(1)  Council Decision (EU) 2019/1918 of 8 November 2019 (OJ EU L 297 I, 18.11.2019, p. 1).

(2)  Commission Decision (EU) 2017/451 of 14 March 2017 (OJ EU L 69, 15.3.2017, p. 34).

(3)  Council Decision (EU) 2019/1918 of 8 November 2019 (OJ EU L 297 I, 18.11.2019, p. 1).

(4)  Commission Decision (EU) 2017/451 of 14 March 2017 (OJ EU L 69, 15.3.2017, p. 34).