THE EUROPEAN Commission has tried to make up for its failure to strike fishing access deal with Morocco by forging an improved agreement with its north African neighbour Mauritania which Brussels claims its "the most important with a third country" that it has made.

Fisheries Commissioner Franz Fischler, who has been at the receiving end of months of fruitless negotiations with the Moroccans said: "I welcome this agreement. It is beneficial both to Mauritania and to the EU. It provides some increased fishing opportunities for EU ...

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