On June 9 2021, EU fisheries ministers met via video-conference to discuss the provisional agreement on fishing opportunities that had recently been concluded between the EU and the United Kingdom. This agreement covered fishing opportunities for 2021 and, for deep-sea stocks, for 2021 and 2022. Following an opening statement from chair Ricardo Serrão Santos, Portuguese Minister of the Sea, the European Commission briefed the ministers on the outcome of the consultations.
A discussion then ensued, during which ministers thanked the Commission for their hard work and expressed their support for the provisional agreement, which they felt ensured continued respect for the social, environmental and economic pillars of the Common Fisheries Policy, provided the certainty that the fishing industry needed, and paved the way for future consultations with the UK on fishing rights.
This agreement represents a milestone in EU-UK relations and sets a strong precedent for future negotiations with the UK on fishing opportunities. It provides clarity and stability for fishermen and women, while also ensuring that marine resources will continue to be used sustainably.
Ricardo Serrão Santos, Portuguese Minister of Maritime Affairs
In March 2021, following a Commission proposal, the Council adopted a decision on the position to be taken in bilateral consultations with the UK on fishing opportunities for 2021 and, for deep-sea stocks, for 2021 and 2022. This position was based on the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, which includes socio-economic aspects, decision-making based on the best available scientific advice, a level playing field and respect for international obligations. The Portuguese presidency will now move forward with the approval of the EU’s position.
-9 June 2021