18.1.2008   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 15/1


COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 31/2008

of 15 November 2007

on the conclusion of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Madagascar

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 37 in conjunction with Article 300(2) and the first subparagraph of Article 300(3) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament,

Whereas:

(1)

The Community and the Republic of Madagascar have negotiated and initialled a Fisheries Partnership Agreement providing Community fishermen with fishing opportunities in the waters falling within the sovereignty of the Republic of Madagascar.

(2)

It is in the Community’s interest to approve that Agreement.

(3)

The method for allocating the fishing opportunities among the Member States should be defined,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

The Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Madagascar is hereby approved on behalf of the Community.

The text of the Agreement is attached to this Regulation (1).

Article 2

The fishing opportunities set out in the Protocol to the Agreement shall be allocated among the Member States as follows:

Fishing category

Type of vessel

Member State

Licences or quota

Tuna fishing

Freezer tuna seiners

Spain

23

France

19

Italy

1

Tuna fishing

Surface longliners over 100 GT

Spain

25

France

13

Portugal

7

United Kingdom

5

Tuna fishing

Surface longliners of 100 GT or below

France

26

Demersal fishing

Exploratory line or bottom longline fishing

France

5

If licence applications from these Member States do not cover all the fishing opportunities laid down by the Protocol, the Commission may take into consideration licence applications from any other Member State.

Article 3

The Member States whose vessels fish under this Agreement shall notify the Commission of the quantities of each stock caught within Madagascar’s fishing zone in accordance with Commission Regulation (EC) No 500/2001 of 14 March 2001 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2847/93 on the monitoring of catches taken by Community fishing vessels in third country waters and on the high seas (2).

Article 4

This Regulation shall enter into force on the seventh day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 15 November 2007.

For the Council

The President

M. L. RODRIGUES


(1)  For the text of the Agreement, see OJ L 331, 17.12.2007, p. 7.

(2)  OJ L 73, 15.3.2001, p. 8.