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Sri Lanka confident to revoke EU fishery ban this year

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Sri Lanka is to send a high level team to Brussels on March 30 to hold talks on a fishery ban imposed by the EU, a statement by the Ministry of International Trade said.

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"We will conduct a decisive meeting with EU on the fishery ban issue and its outcome will determine our fishery export outlook to Europe in future. We believe the outcome shall be favorable for Sri Lanka," Chairman of Seafood Exporters Association of Sri Lanka (SEASL) and Managing Director of Global Sea Foods, Prabhash Subasinghe, quoted in the statement said.

The Sri Lankan team shall include members from the Prime Ministerial Task Force on the EU Fishery ban.

The European Commission enforced a ban on imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka in 2014, its second biggest importer in the sector, in order to "tackle the commercial benefits stemming from illegal fishing".

Sri Lanka received a "yellow card", a stern warning, in November 2012, as the country was not complying with international rules on illegal fishing and had inadequate control systems.

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