Official Journal of the European Union
of 24 September 2004
authorising the Portuguese Republic to extend until 9 April 2005 the Agreement on mutual fishery relations with the Republic of South Africa
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,
Having regard to the 1985 Act of Accession, and in particular Article 354(3) thereof,
Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,
The Agreement on mutual fishery relations between the Government of the Portuguese Republic and the Government of the Republic of South Africa, signed on 9 April 1979, entered into force on that day for an initial period of 10 years. The Agreement remains in force for an indeterminate period if it is not denounced by the giving of 12 months’ notice.
Article 354(2) of the 1985 Act of Accession lays down that the rights and obligations resulting from the fisheries agreements concluded by the Portuguese Republic with third countries shall not be affected during the period for which the provisions of such agreements are provisionally maintained.
Pursuant to Article 354(3) of the said Act of Accession, the Council is to adopt, before the expiry of the fisheries agreements concluded by the Portuguese Republic with third countries, decisions appropriate for the continuation of fishing activities resulting therefrom, including the possibility of prolonging for periods not exceeding one year. The abovementioned Agreement has been last extended by Council Decision 2003/539/EC of 15 July 2003 (1) until 9 April 2004.
The Portuguese Republic should be authorised to renew the said Agreement until 9 April 2005,
HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:
The Portuguese Republic is hereby authorised to extend until 9 April 2005 the Agreement on mutual fishery relations with the Republic of South Africa which entered into force on 9 April 1979.
This Decision is addressed to the Portuguese Republic.
Done at Brussels, 24 September 2004.
For the Council
L. J. BRINKHORST
(1) OJ L 185, 24.7.2003, p. 25.