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C 245/14 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 5.8.

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Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) relating to the conclusion of the Protocol setting out
the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Agreement between the
European Economic Community and the Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros on fishing
off the Comoros for the period from 28 February 1998 to 27 February 2001

(98/C 245/06)

COM(1998) 264 final — 98/0144(CNS)

(Submitted by the Commission on 7 May 1998)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, between the European Economic Community and the
Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros on fishing off
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European the Comoros for the period from 28 February 1998 to 27
Community, and in particular Article 43, in conjunction February 2001 is hereby approved on behalf of the
with Articles 228(2) first sentence and the first Community.
subparagraph of Article 228(3) thereof,
The text of the Protocol is attached to this Regulation.
Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,
Article 2
Having regard to the opinion of the European The fishing opportunities fixed in the Protocol shall be
Parliament, allocated among the Member States as follows:

Whereas, pursuant to the Agreement between the a)ÙTuna seiners:
European Economic Community and the Islamic Federal
Republic of the Comoros on fishing off the ComorosØ(Î), Spain: 22 vessels
the two Parties conducted negotiations to determine the France: 21 vessels
amendments or additions to be made to the Agreement
at the end of the period of application of the Protocol to Italy: one vessel
the Agreement;
b) Surface longliners:
Whereas, as a result of these negotiations, a new Spain: 13 vessels
Protocol establishing the fishing opportunities and
financial compensation provided for in the abovemen- Portugal: three vessels
tioned Agreement for the period from 28 February 1998
to 27 February 2001 was initialled on 27 February 1998;
If licence applications form these Member States do not
cover all the fishing opportunities fixed by the Protocol,
Whereas it is in the Community’s interest to approve the the Commission may take into consideration licence
said Protocol; applications from any other Member State.

Whereas the method for allocating the fishing oppor-
tunities among the Member States should be defined on Article 3
the basis of the traditional allocation of fishing oppor- The President of the Council is hereby authorised to
tunities under the fisheries Agreement, designate the persons empowered to sign the Protocol in
order to bind the Community.
HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:
Article 4
Article 1 This Regulation shall enter into force on the third day
following its publication in the Official Journal of the
The Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and
European Communities.
financial contribution provided for in the Agreement
This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly
(Î)ÙOJ L 137, 2.6.1988, p. 19. applicable in all Member States.