The external dimension of the CFP establishes a legal framework for the activities of European fishing vessels outside EU waters. The objectives of the external dimension of the CFP and therefore of international fisheries relations are as follows: such regional factors may complicate the possibility of a compromise. At the same time, EU countries that do not have access to fisheries should agree on the importance of the issue. For now, EU member states are sticking to this line. “The mandate is maintained,” a senior EU diplomat told the Guardian, claiming historic 14th-century rights. But other Member States believe that the EU is on to another. “If the French play harder and harder and put Britain in the corner, it`s harder for Berlin to defend,” said another senior diplomat. “I think we need a compromise on our side.” Sustainable Partnership Agreements in the Fisheries Sector (APF) are international agreements concluded by the EU with a number of third countries in order to access the country`s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in order to sustainably capture excess stocks of allowed catches in a regulated environment. These excess stocks must be determined on the basis of the best available scientific advice, the exchange of relevant information and transparency, in order to ensure the sustainable use of marine biological resources (3.3.2). The agreements should be mutually beneficial to the EU and the third country concerned. That is why, in exchange for fishing rights, the EU contributes financially to its SFPA partners, including payments for access rights and sectoral aid. Financial compensation under these agreements aims to contribute to the development of a quality governance framework in these third countries. In particular, the aim is to ensure effective data collection, monitoring, monitoring and monitoring measures.
Finally, and not least, the EU`s aid aims to develop and support the scientific and research institutions of partner countries and to contribute to the capacity building of surveillance, monitoring and monitoring initiatives, as well as to the development of a more sustainable fisheries policy by the States concerned.