THAILAND: No extension for deadlines : EU

The European Commission has dismissed as “without foundation” a claim that Thailand has been given more time by the European Union to tackle illegal fishing practices or IUU, reported Eureporter online on Tuesday.

The commission was referring to reports that quoted Thai government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd as saying that Bangkok would be allowed to go beyond the initial deadline of October in taking the necessary corrective measures.

In April, the EU yellow-carded the country’s fishing industry giving it six months to improve its IUU situation or face a potentially crippling ban on seafood imports into the EU.

Sansern claimed last week that the EU had extended the deadline, adding, “The prime minister is glad that the EU understands the Thai government’s intentions and is allowing it to continue to solve the problem.”

But on September 21, a Commission spokesman told this online that such claims were “without foundation.”

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