The First Fisheries Agreement
According to the Legal Services of the European Parliament, the agreement does not exclude the waters of Western Sahara and does not exclude its geographical scope, and it is therefore up to Morocco to respect its international obligations. The European Community could finally suspend the agreement if Morocco does not respect the interests of the people of Western Sahara. Despite the positive opinion, a large minority in the European Parliament called for the explicit exclusion of Western Sahara from the geographical scope of the agreement. Finally, Parliament adopted the Treaty and called on the Council to strengthen the monitoring mechanisms.  The PARTNERSHIP agreement between the EU and Morocco is a fisheries agreement between the European Community (EC) and Morocco, which allows European vessels to fish off the Moroccan coast. The VPA allows EU vessels from 11 Member States to fish in Moroccan waters and can be considered one of the most important fisheries agreements for the COMMUNITY. It was signed on July 28, 2005, closed on May 22, 2006 and came into effect on February 28, 2007. The contract expires on February 27, 2011.  The agreement demonstrates the common will of the United Kingdom and Norway to cooperate as independent coastal states and to seek effective and sustainable management of their fisheries. The treaty contains the same principles that the UK is currently seeking with the EU – a framework agreement that reflects the international rights of the UK and Norway. A revised agreement was signed in November 1995. The financial compensation amounted to 355 million euros, much of which was for the development of the industrial fishing sector, marine research and the training of Moroccan fishermen.
Ingebrigtsen expressed itself in the same way. «This agreement allows for good and strong cooperation in the field of fisheries for the future. The best way to manage common fish stocks is to allow coastal states to agree on how to proceed,» he said. The agreement was also welcomed by the National Federation of Fishermen`s Organisations (NFFO) in the UNITED Kingdom. The UK government said the agreement showed the common willingness of the UK and Norway to cooperate as independent coastal states and seek effective and sustainable management of their fisheries. The lack of sovereignty and management of Morocco`s status of power with regard to Western Sahara has also been brought to the attention of the European Parliament, which has not concluded because of Morocco`s lack of competence to conclude an agreement with the EU on this issue.