The European Commission wants to extend the fishing agreement with Morocco, but considers it “difficult”.


The European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginius Sinkevicius, insisted today that the EU’s priority is to extend the fisheries agreement with Morocco, although he finds it “difficult” and is awaiting the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

This came in Valladolid within the framework of the twenty-seventh summit of environment ministers, which will be held until Wednesday.

Sinkivicius indicated that the judicial decision to annul the trade and fishing agreements that the bloc concluded with Morocco, by specifying that they were agreed upon without the consent of the people of Western Sahara, complicates the “general situation”, although he stressed that the dialogue continues and that the “priority” is to obtain on extension.

“We want to resolve it as soon as possible, but first we need clarification from the court,” he said.

On the other hand, the Third Vice President and Minister of Environmental Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, has ruled out discussion of the coordinated exit of the Energy Charter Treaty these days, because her administration is “overseeing” trade. Although he made it clear that “it cannot be ruled out” that this debate will be addressed between the various energy ministers, “it is not a matter that will be taken up in this House.”

encounter with electricity

A closed meeting took place this afternoon between the EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson. Minister Teresa Ribera, and executives from major European energy companies and from employers such as Eurelectric.

The companies in the sector asked the 27 companies to reinforce through “urgent action” the commitment to the ambitious decarbonization targets set by the European Union for 2030, with an electricity market without a price cap, with more flexible rules that allow liquidity and a doubling of investment at least until 2040. Which, in the case of distribution, would ask for it to be tripled to 69,000 million euros annually until 2050.

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Electricity companies consider that Europe must “create here and now” the conditions for a “radical increase” in electricity that accelerates decarbonization and guarantees energy sovereignty to prevent the continent and its sovereignty from being “at risk”. “Our industrial sector requires realistic and ambitious actions between now and 2040,” says the business owner.

In his view, market reform – which has stalled due to a lack of consensus among EU countries – is “particularly essential” because it is necessary to double investment levels in both generation and networks by 2040.

For electricity market reform to succeed, Euroeléctric is calling for improved long-term contracting and hedging tools to provide long-term visibility for investors and protect consumers from price volatility. In addition, they are calling for the avoidance of extended emergency measures and price ceilings.

Euro7 calendar

Finally, the Third Vice-President and Minister of Environmental Transition, Teresa Ribera, said yesterday at the ministerial summit in Valladolid that she considers it “important” that all EU countries reach an agreement as soon as possible on the proposed Euro7 regulations aimed at decarbonizing automotive sector. The minister believes that it is important to direct this calendar to facilitate electric cars and the gradual abandonment of the combustion engine, and “not be broken as a result of a calendar that does not fit well.”

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