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Athens Treaty

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the treaty signed at Athens permitting application to the European membership of states there named, if he will place in the Library written statements and related charts and maps showing (a) the current sea areas of national and community waters and those that would become so in the event of accession of all relevant application states, (b) those areas lost to current national control and (c) the principal ports and coastal zones where fisheries are of economic or social importance. [126424]

I am not aware that any such charts or maps exist. A copy of the treaty signed in Athens was presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by Command of Her Majesty on 30 April as Command Paper 5805. It has been placed in the Library of the House. I can confirm that all acceding countries accepted the fisheries acquis, Article 17 of which gives rules on access to waters. No areas were lost from UK control. No information on point (c) in relation to the acceding member states is to hand, and to assemble it would entail unjustifiable expense.