This IEEP report was commissioned by WWF's European Fisheries Campaign. Its aim is to review progress in adapting access agreements to the EU’s sustainable development commitments, by reviewing four recently-concluded EC agreements with São Tomé e Príncipe, Angola, Senegal and Mauritania. In each case, an analysis is given of the agreements, in terms of their cost per vessel or tonne of vessel, the use of TACs or effort controls to regulate fishing pressure under the agreements, and the estimated value of catches under each agreement. A comparison with previous agreements is also made. Broad conclusions are drawn at the end of the paper.