The demands being put on EU fishermen to qualify for Brexit compensation is far too much says Danish Fishermen’s Association and EAPO
The demands being put on EU fishermen to qualify for Brexit compensation is far too much, says the Danish Fishermen’s Association (DFA) along with the European Association of Fish Producers Organisations (EAPO).
Writing today, (Tuesday 25 October 2022) on the fishermen’s website fiskeritidende.dk, Line Dalgaard Jensen writes that the DFA and EAPO says legal constraints re preventing the necessary fleet adaptation, that the very funding has been allocated to do. She says:
“The Danish fishermen have been saying this for a long time. The requirements for being able to take part in the Brexit compensation schemes are so numerous and strict that the fishermen risk being robbed of the help they were otherwise offered.
A call that is now supported by the colleagues in EAPO, which is the cooperation organization for the EU’s producer organisations, e.g. Denmark’s Fisheries Association Producer Organisation and Denmark’s Pelagic Producer Organisation.
In a letter to the EU’s Fisheries Commissioner Sinkevičius from EAPO, it is said that as the conditions for getting Brexit compensation come to light, it is clear that the fishermen in e.g. Denmark, the Netherlands, France and Ireland are in a difficult situation.
They were all hit hard by Brexit, but the help that was supposed to get them on the other side of the crisis is having difficulty arriving. Among other things. scrapping aid was supposed to ensure that the fleet was reduced and adapted to the new reality. In the four countries, scrapping schemes are underway, but they are so fraught with regulations, legal restrictions and issues of penalty points, admissibility and requirements for capacity changes that the desire to reduce the fleet risks being undermined.
The fishermen are therefore in a pinch, and in the end, it can mean that, despite the good intentions, they end up not getting any help anyway.
Against this background, EAPO is asking for a meeting with the EU Fisheries Commissioner. Here they will present these legal constraints and discuss the best ways to ease this difficult situation, so that it can be ensured that the fishermen actually get the Brexit compensation that they have been offered.”