Press Release – Brussels, February 28th
The European Fisheries Alliance takes note of the publication of the UK mandate for the negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship.
The European Fisheries Alliance takes note of the publication of the UK mandate for the negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship. It is a fact that the negotiation positions are wide apart as the talks begin. EUFA remains committed to a balanced and mutually beneficial agreement that ensures both the future sustainability of fish stocks and the economic prosperity of EU and UK fleets.
This can be only be achieved as part of a comprehensive agreement on the future economic relationship and by preserving the historical equilibrium of the sector. In other words, any future agreement must preserve mutual access to waters, fishing opportunities and markets on a long-term basis.
This cannot be achieved by the current UK negotiation mandate. Annual negotiations on the sharing keys for over more than 100 shared fish stocks, as proposed in the mandate, is not the way forward. We are confident that a more pragmatic and collaborative approach to fisheries management will eventually prevail over short term political considerations. We are confident that Michel Barnier and the EU’s Member States share this approach, they will have the full support of the European Fisheries Alliance throughout the negotiations.
Gerard van Balsfoort, Chairman of the European Fisheries Alliance stated: “the mandate published today is no surprise. The current UK government has set out a political statement as opposed to a workable vision for future fisheries management. As EUFA we firmly believe that only cooperation and shared management of fisheries resource will ultimately protect sustainability of fishing activities and prosperity of fishing fleets. We are convinced that Michel Barnier and the EU Member states share this approach. They have EUFA’s full support”.
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.