Seychellois Minister of Fisheries disappointed that EU has yet to pay compensation to seafarers
According to the Seychelles Fisheries Authority (SFA), from 2005 to 2014, there were 116 requests from seafarers working on these vessels at the time. (Joe Laurence)
(Seychelles News Agency) – The Seychelles fisheries minister has expressed his dissatisfaction with the pace of compensation payments to Seychellois sailors who work on European Union fishing vessels.
“The end of April has been set so that we can take stock of the progress of the negotiations. We have done a lot of work and are in constant negotiations with the EU. ‘has not yet been fired “. the minister, Jean-François Ferrari, said Thursday at a press conference.
He said the EU was still asking for numbers and technical details on these seafarers and “although we have sent these details on several occasions. I would say I’m disappointed with negotiators across the way asking us continuously the same information in a different format. “
The minister said the last communication with the EU took place on Thursday and it contained information on the member states included in the negotiation.
“This includes the part that the Spanish and the French are supposed to pay in the negotiation. We have sent all the required information and the EU has asked for a few days to work on it,” Ferrari said.
He added that Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, will continue to insist that compensation be paid.
“There is no doubt on the part of both parties that compensation must be paid to these sailors and we hope that in two weeks we will get a clear return. However, a final amount has not yet been decided, “said Ferrari.
According to Seychelles Fisheries Authority (SFA), from 2005 to 2014, 116 compensation claims amounting to SCR 11 million ($ 789,000) were filed by seafarers who were working on these vessels at the time. Of this total, 78 requests need to be paid and 38 are still being queried due to missing information.
SFA Principal Secretary Roy Clarisse said there were 69 applications received for the year 2014 to 2020.
“Of that figure, 66 claims were paid for a value of SCR 3.2 million ($ 230,000), and three are still pending,” Clarisse said.