EUFA welcomes the EU efforts to mitigate the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on fisheries
Brussels, 23 January 2019
The European Union Fisheries Alliance (EUFA) welcomes the two contingency proposals adopted by the European Commission today to help mitigate the impact of “no-deal” Brexit on EU fisheries.
Although EUFA sincerely hopes these measures will ultimately not be necessary, they are essential proposals given the ongoing uncertainty over the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.
Moreover, EUFA feels that the proposed amended licensing measures in the Regulation on the Sustainable Management of the External Fleets are sensible and provide a level of stability for 2019 in case of ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Both parties will be able to grant reciprocal access to each other’s waters with these amendments as well as continuing to be able to swap quota between the EU and UK. In this regard these proposed amendments are also in line with remarks made by Environment Secretary Michael Gove indicating the UK would honour its commitments for 2019.
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