The Danish Fisheries Association Chair Svend-Erik Andersen is calling for all fishermen to receive full compensation from the EU’s BAR
The Danish Government has begun negotiations on the distribution of the Brexit Adjustment Reserve Fund and the leader of the Danish Fisheries Association is calling for all fishermen to be justly compensated.
Full and fair compensation to every single fisherman who have lost fishing rights after Brexit. This is the demand from the Danish Fisheries Association (DFA) now that the Folketing (the Danish Government) is negotiating the distribution of the funding allocated to member states affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union on December 31, 2020.
The DFA claim that the funding is a patch on the wound to Denmark, where the fishing industry has paid a large part of the bill for the agreement on Britain’s secession from the EU, which was entered into almost a year ago. The EU has provided compensation of about DKK 2.0 billion (€287m) available for Denmark, of which just over DKK 1.2 billion (€161.3m) is earmarked for compensation of the fishery, which corresponds to the loss suffered by Danish fisheries.
“Finally, something happens. We have been waiting an unreasonably long time for a clarification. We have lost allowances of 1.2 billion kroner, which have been given to the British in a bargaining chip to close the Brexit agreement. We fishermen have bought and paid the quotas. Therefore, we must have full and fair compensation for our losses. Ultimately, it is about holding hands with our businesses and important workplaces far from Brussels and Copenhagen,” says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.
For months, the European Commission has been explaining that state aid rules stood in the way of direct aid to fishermen. Thanks to Søren Gade (V), Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee, it has turned out that the EU Commission’s framework is less stringent.
“It is possible to compensate the affected Danish fishermen directly for their losses. It’s stuck. That is why there is a great responsibility in the Folketing right now: Anything other than fair and direct compensation to the fishermen will be a scandal,” says Svend-Erik Andersen.
The Danish Fisheries Association emphasises that the money must first and foremost go directly to the affected fishermen. In addition, it is pointed out that there is also a need for a scrappage scheme.
“The money from the EU must first and foremost be used to compensate the fishermen affected by the income, as mentioned before,” says Svend-Erik Andersen. “In this context, we believe that there is a need for a scrappage scheme so that the number of fishing vessels can be adapted to the fishing opportunities we are left with after Brexit.”