Video: presentation of the Santiago declaration by coastal communities on Brexit

Should you have missed it: watch the launch of the Santiago de Compostela declaration by European Coastal communities on Brexit

At the invitation of Galicia’s regional government, representatives from coastal communities across the European Union came together today in Spain with a common goal: to ensure EU decision makers protect the economic future of their communities during the Brexit negotiations.

With the signature of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the President of Galicia’s regional government, representatives officially launched the Santiago de Compostela declaration. The declaration, signed to this day by over 60 coastal communities from  EU Member States potentially impacted by Brexit, calls for vital regional interests to be an integral part of future negotiations. The link between the future of the fisheries industry and the continued prosperity of these communities is inseparable. In his remarks, the President of Galicia expressed the hope that the movement started today will be joined by many more coastal communities representatives who he invited to add their signature  to the declaration over the coming weeks and months.

Several Mayors, aldermen, other local dignitaries and the fisheries industry, including speakers from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands debated the fundamental threat that Brexit represents. Brexit has cast a veil of uncertainty over the future of fisheries on both sides of the new divide.

Speakers list:

  • Keynote by Mr. Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of the Xunta de Galicia
  • Ms. Rosa Quintana, Regional Minister of Maritime Affairs, Xunta de Galicia
  • Mr. Geert Post, Alderman of Urk, The Netherlands
  • Mr. Alberto López-Asenjo, Secretary General for Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, Spain

The Santiago de Compostela declaration by European Coastal communities on Brexit is part of an ongoing process and we welcome new signatures. If you represent a coastal community or fisheries related professional organisation and wish to join to this appeal, please contact