18.11.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

LI 297/5


COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) 2019/1919

of 8 November 2019

on the allocation of the fishing opportunities under 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

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 43(3) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

The Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (1) (‘the Agreement’), approved by Council Regulation (EC) No 1801/2006 (2), entered into force on 8 August 2008.

(2)

The Protocol to the Agreement, setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution, which entered into force on the same day for a period of two years, has been replaced several times.

(3)

The Protocol to the Agreement that is currently in force (3) (‘the Protocol’) will expire on 15 November 2019.

(4)

On 8 July 2019, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for the conclusion of a new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement and Protocol implementing that Agreement.

(5)

Pending completion of those negotiations, the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the Union, an Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters on an extension, for a maximum period of one year, to the Protocol (‘Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters’). Following those negotiations, the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters was initialled on 4 September 2019.

(6)

In accordance with Council Decision (EU) 2019/[1918] (4), the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters was signed on 13 November 2019.

(7)

The method for allocating the fishing opportunities among the Member States should be defined for the period of application of the Protocol extension.

(8)

Article 47(2) of Regulation (EU) 2017/2403 of the European Parliament and of the Council (5) provides that the Commission will inform the Member States concerned if it transpires that the fishing opportunities allocated to the Union under the Protocol have not been fully used and it will ask them to confirm that they are not making use of this fishing opportunity. If no reply is received within a time limit to be set by the Council, this will be considered as confirmation that the vessels of the Member State concerned are not making full use of their fishing opportunities during the given period. This time limit should be set.

(9)

This Regulation should apply from the date of the provisional application of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Fishing opportunities

1.   The fishing opportunities established under 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 for the period of application of the extension of the Protocol shall be allocated among the Member States as follows:

(a)

category 1 – Vessels fishing for crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab:

Spain

4 150 tonnes

Italy

600 tonnes

Portugal

250 tonnes

Within this category, a maximum of 25 vessels may be deployed in Mauritanian waters at any one time;

(b)

category 2 – Black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom longliners:

Spain

6 000 tonnes

Within this category, a maximum of six vessels may be deployed in Mauritanian waters at any one time;

(c)

category 3 – Vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls:

Spain

3 000 tonnes

Within this category, a maximum of six vessels may be deployed in Mauritanian waters at any one time;

(d)

category 4 – Tuna seiners (12 500 tonnes – reference tonnage):

Spain

17 annual licences

France

8 annual licences

(e)

category 5 – Pole-and-line tuna vessels and surface longliners (7 500 tonnes – reference tonnage):

Spain

14 annual licences

France

1 annual licence

(f)

category 6 – Pelagic freezer trawlers:

Germany

12 560 tonnes

France

2 615 tonnes

Latvia

53 913 tonnes

Lithuania

57 642 tonnes

Netherlands

62 592 tonnes

Poland

26 112 tonnes

United Kingdom

8 531 tonnes

Ireland

8 535 tonnes

During the period of application of the extension of the Protocol, the following number of quarterly licences shall be held by Member States:

Germany

4

France

2

Latvia

20

Lithuania

22

Netherlands

16

Poland

8

United Kingdom

2

Ireland

2

Member States shall inform the Commission if certain licences may be placed at the disposal of other Member States.

Within this category, a maximum of 19 vessels may be deployed in Mauritanian waters at any one time;

(g)

category 7 – Non-freezer pelagic vessels:

Ireland

15 000 tonnes

If not used, these fishing opportunities shall be transferred to category 6 according to the method of allocation of that category;

(h)

category 2a – Black hake (freezer) trawlers:

Spain:

Black hake

3 500 tonnes

Squid

1 450 tonnes

Cuttlefish

600 tonnes

Within this category, a maximum of six vessels may be deployed in Mauritanian waters at any one time.

2.   The time limit referred tp in Article 47(2) of Regulation (EU) 2017/2403 within which the Member States must confirm that they are not fully using the fishing opportunities granted to them under the Protocol, shall be set at ten working days as from the date on which the Commission informs them that the fishing opportunities are not being fully used.

Article 2

Entry into force and application

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

It shall apply as from the date of provisional application of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters.

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

Done at Brussels, 8 November 2019.

For the Council

The President

L. ANDERSSON


(1)  OJ L 343, 8.12.2006, p. 4.

(2)  Council Regulation (EC) No 1801/2006 of 30 November 2006 on the conclusion of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (OJ L 343, 8.12.2006, p. 1).

(3)  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 for a period of four years (OJ L 315, 1.12.2015, p. 3).

(4)  Council Decision (EU) 2019/1918 of 8 November 2019 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, and provisional application of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on an extension of 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 2019 (see page 1 of this Official Journal).

(5)  Regulation (EU) 2017/2403 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2017 on the sustainable management of external fishing fleets, and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008 (OJ L 347, 28.12.2017, p. 81).