Danish Fisheries Minister, Ramus Prehn has welcomed the news that the government has finally agreed Brexit supports for the fishing industry
Danish Fisheries Minister, Ramus Prehn has welcomed the news that the government has finally agreed the support package for the fishing industry there.
In his announcement of the agreement the fisheries minister said:
“Brexit was for the fishermen like getting a bucket of cold water in the head.
“The quotas got smaller from one day to the next.
“Of course, it hit the fishermen’s wallet.
“Therefore, I am pleased that the government, together with a broad majority in the Parliament, has agreed on a support package for fishermen, businesses and local areas, which contains direct compensation to the fishermen for the losses they have suffered.
The Minister had criticised the EU over the time it took to finalise the supports blaming a ‘tug of war’ and claiming the EU has been difficult to get along with.
At the same time, Prehn has emphasised that the fully understands that Danish fishermen have been frustrated with the lack of support, with some so desperate they’ve had to sell their homes etc, in order to survive after the promised scrappage scheme was delayed.
“I’d be just as frustrated if it were me. The ambition has always been to get the scrapping support ready as quickly as possible, and it continues to be so,” said the Minister.
“My civil service has been in tough negotiations with the EU, which has made some demands on the support scheme that we have not been able to accept. Because the EU’s requirements would potentially exclude a number of fishermen from being able to apply for the support. These are the negotiations that we are complete now,” says Rasmus Prehn.
In Bornholm, on the Baltic Sea, it has been reported that 23 out of the 27 fishing vessels there have applied for scrapping support. The massive demand for scrapping supports meant that more funding needed to be obtained.
Applications are mow opened for the Brexit supports with two different scheme available:
- Compensation for fishermen’s loss of income in the first quarter of 2021 as a result of Brexit.
• Structural adaptation through scrapping of fishing vessels or conversion of fishing vessels for purposes other than fishing.
The Danish Fisheries Association have also expressed their satisfaction that the DKK 229 million in (€31m/£27m) funds are now beginning to reach the fishermen
“I am happy that the Brexit compensation funds are now starting to reach the fishermen. They are long awaited and they fall in a dry place. This can contribute to improving the basis for fishing,” says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.
In addition, the Danish Fisheries Association insists that the major scheme, compensation for lost quota value, where DKK 840 million (€113m/£98.5) has been set aside, is not yet in place. Therefore, the Danish Fisheries Association calls for the screw to be kept in the water until that arrangement is also in place.
“I am very much looking forward to the quota value compensation scheme, which is the most important of the schemes, also coming into place. Then the fishermen can really look ahead,” says Svend-Erik Andersen.