The European Commission has granted Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) a temporary waiver on the rules of preferential origin for prepared or preserved fillets of mackerel, bonito and albacore according to the implementing regulation published in the European Union’s Official Bulletin.
The waiver will last for a year (June 2017 to June 2018) for bonito and albacore and two years for mackerel, with retroactive effect from 1 January 2017.
Cabo Verde benefits from the Union’s generalised system of preferences for the rules of origin. The waiver covers annual amounts of 2,500 tonnes of prepared and preserved mackerel or mackerel fillets and 875 tonnes of processed or preserved bonito and albacore.
On 27 September 2016 Cabo Verde a request for an extension of this waiver for a period of two years from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018, pending the new Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and West Africa, signed on 30 June 2014, and the European Commission agreed to approve this request.
This new agreement will allow the Cape Verdean fish processing industry to comply with the rules of preferential origin using fish from other West African States. (macauhub)