New Protocol to Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Greenland
On Tuesday 6 February, the EU and Greenland have agreed on a new 3-year Protocol to implement the EU/Greenland Fisheries Partnership Agreement, which will enter into force on 1 January 2013.
Both Parties expressed satisfaction with the results of the negotiations, which have taken almost one year to conclude. Commissioner Maria Damanaki underlined that "This is a very good agreement, soundly founded on the precautionary approach and best available scientific advice."
The Protocol foresees that Greenland will provide the EU with a total fishing opportunity of 85.765 tonnes, down from 91.700 tonnes under the current Protocol. As a counterpart, the EU will pay Greenland up to € 17.8 million annually. This amount includes the payment of sectoral support to the Greenlandic fisheries sector. In addition, vessel owners will have to pay a license fee in order to be authorised to fish in Greenlandic waters, as is the current situation.
The Member States with interests in this Protocol are: Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Germany, the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.