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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Agreement between the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on an EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 - Increase in Norwegian duties on agricultural products/recent negotiations on the fish trade protocol

  Jarosław Wałęsa (PPE). – Mr President, here in the European Parliament, we are outraged by the imposition of Norwegian ad valorem duties for certain products in 2013. These increases go against the spirit of good cooperation and the letter of the bilateral agreement with Norway, but this is not the only issue that sheds a bad light on relations between the European Union and Norway. I am referring to the unjustified and gradual appropriation of fish resources in the area of Spitsbergen and the preferential treatment of Norway, which does not respect the provisions of international agreements. This leads European fishermen into bankruptcy, as well as allowing Norway to disrespect and disregard the European Union as a partner.

We cannot accept this. For the sake of respecting international law, for the sake of good mutual cooperation, and to protect European Union industry from bankruptcy, I ask the Commissioner to look for a mutually satisfactory solution to be put in place as soon as possible.

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