EU ratifies agreement on pollution in the Atlantic

The EU ratified a protocol settling a territorial dispute between Spain and Morocco in relation to a cooperation agreement for the protection of the north-east Atlantic against pollution. The Council of Ministers approved the move on Monday.

France, Spain and Portugal, three of the agreement's five parties with the EU and Morocco, are expected to ratify the protocol shortly. The Lisbon agreement was signed in 1990 but not ratified because of the dispute. It creates a mechanism to ensure cooperation between the parties in the event of an accident.

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