Brussels – 25 September
EUFA is grateful to Mr. Barnier for the frank and constructive exchange and his unwavering commitment to achieving a balanced Brexit agreement that lays the foundations for a strong future relationship.
EUFA and Mr. Barnier reiterated that only a strong link between fisheries and the wider trade relationship can do justice to the complex reality of our sector. Given our natural interdependence, cooperation on the basis of mutual access to waters, fisheries resources, and markets is the only way forward to ensure continued sustainable fishing and the prosperity of all fleets.
Given the continued uncertainty in London, fishermen in the EU should be ready for all eventualities. If the UK leaves without an agreement and should this lead to disruption in access to fishing grounds that we have shared with British colleagues for centuries, the consequences will be grave. A challenge of this magnitude requires a determined and united response by the European Commission, the Member States and the fishing industry. Mr. Barnier outlined the ongoing efforts the Commission is making in this direction, while highlighting that any short-term effect of a disorderly withdrawal would set the tone for talks on the future EU-UK relationship.
About the European Fisheries Alliance
The European Fisheries Alliance is a coalition of European fishing fleets directly impacted by Brexit. Our current members include fishermen organizations from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden. The Alliance accounts for over 18,000 fishermen and 3,500 vessels across the up and downstream industry, with an annual turnover €20.7 billion.
For media queries and further information, please contact:
Chairman: Mr. Gerard Van Balsfoort
Secretariat: +32 2 282 96 20 Email@fisheriesalliance.eu