A technical evaluation team from the European Union (EU) is scheduled to visit the country in October regarding the issue of the EU ban on Sri Lankan fishery products, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne. The team will engage in technical discussions regarding measures taken and future steps for the revocation of the EU ban on Sri Lankan fishery products.
“The dates of the arrival of the evaluation team were not finalized earlier but now it has been decided and the team will be in the country from the 5th to the 9th of October,” said the Ministry Spokesperson.
The ban which came into effect on January 14 was imposed on export of Sri Lankan fishery products for failing to comply with monitoring control and surveillance standards of fishing vessels.
However, several steps including fixing 488 Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) transponders to high seas fishing vessels, establishment of an observer program, training and awareness programs of Fishery Inspectors and Fisheries Monitoring Centre has been set up to monitor and analyze the data received from the transponders were taken to deal with the shortcomings. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the estimated loss of revenue since the ban was imposed is approximately USD 75million.