Application of the System of Derogation to the Rules of Origin of Fisheries Products in Papua New Guinea and Fiji

14-09-2012

This study aims to provide an independent assessment of the impact of the derogation to the standard Rules of Origin under the 2009 interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) between the EU and Papua New Guinea. Overall, the study findings validate, albeit to a limited extent, the iEPA's negative economic impact on the EU tuna processing industry (trade, production, added value, employment). The iEPA's economic and social impact on Papua New Guinea is largely considered positive (growing tuna processing and related employment opportunities). Finally, substantial concerns exist with regard to the environmental issues at stake (health of tuna stocks).

This study aims to provide an independent assessment of the impact of the derogation to the standard Rules of Origin under the 2009 interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) between the EU and Papua New Guinea. Overall, the study findings validate, albeit to a limited extent, the iEPA's negative economic impact on the EU tuna processing industry (trade, production, added value, employment). The iEPA's economic and social impact on Papua New Guinea is largely considered positive (growing tuna processing and related employment opportunities). Finally, substantial concerns exist with regard to the environmental issues at stake (health of tuna stocks).

External author

Blomeyer & Sanz , Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve , University of Vigo and University of Wageningen