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Sri Lanka and EU discuss lifting ban on fisheries products

Sri Lanka and the EU have had discussions on lifting the ban on fisheries products exported to EU countries.The State Minister of Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera has discussions on the matter with the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica. The new Government has prepared and is implementing an action plan to remove the ban.The EU had in November last year expressed satisfaction with the efforts taken by Sri Lanka to address the concerns which led to the ban on Sri Lankan fisheries exports to EU countries. The EU ban on fisheries products from Sri Lanka took effect in January this year as the former Government failed to prevent Sri Lankan fishermen from violating the international fisheries laws. Neven Mimica was in Sri Lanka to hold a series of high-level meetings, including with the President of Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other senior members of the Government. EU officials also credited Sri Lankan authorities for the progress that had been made to comply with the regulations of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission. (Colombo Gazette) read more