The 2012 Cape Town Agreement addressed technical issues that prevented the treaty from entering into force. Today, observers say that it is now the dynamic that wins behind the agreement. The EU will promote the ratification of the 2012 Cape Town Convention on the Safety of Fishing Vessels at the Ministerial Conference on Safe and Legal Fishing organised by Spain in collaboration with the International Maritime Organisation to be held in Torremolinos (Spain) on 21-23 October 2019. “The loss of life on fishing vessels remains unacceptable, but the ratification and entry into force of the Cape Town Agreement, an important international treaty on the safety of fishing vessels, could have far-reaching positive effects and save lives at sea,” said a spokesman for the UN agency, which deals with global shipping. For flag States, ratification of CTA would create minimum safety standards for a large part of the world`s fishing fleet and could save the lives of thousands of fishermen operating on the high seas. The requirement of standards for flagged vessels and the conduct of regular inspections in accordance with CTA will make fishing activities and the safety and working conditions of vessels more transparent. Ship operators will be forced to invest in the safety and well-being of their crews, making them more difficult to operate. Regular inspections will also make it more difficult for operators to fish illegally. States implementing CTA are also showing the international community that they control their vessels flying your flag and that they take their responsibilities seriously. .