Representatives of coastal communities from across the European Union will gather in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on October 23 2017.
Following an initiative by the municipality of Urk in the Netherlands, and at the invitation of the Galician regional government, local officials, politicians and fishermen will discuss the impact that a hard Brexit would have on their communities.
The fisheries sector has been at the heart of the cultural, economic and social fabric of European coastal communities for centuries. If the United Kingdom and the EU do not find an agreement on reciprocal access to each other’s waters, European fishing fleets could be deprived of their traditional fishing grounds in what will become British waters. This would have major ramifications for the European fishing industry, the coastal communities that depend on it and their traditional way of life.
On October 23 in the Cidade da Cultura in Santiago, the President of the Galician regional government, Mr. Alberto Núñez Feijóo, will join local representatives from across Europe to call on European governments and the EU institutions to safeguard the economic and social future of the European fishing industry and the communities it supports.
You can find the program of the conference here.