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Public hearing on “Future of EU-UK fisheries relations after Brexit”

17-06-2021 - 10:54
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On 16 June 2021, from 9:00 to 12:00, the PECH Committee held a public hearing on “Future of EU-UK fisheries relations after Brexit”.

The UK has now become the EU's most important partner in fisheries, with a large number of jointly managed fish stocks and a large EEZ in which a sizeable part of the EU fleet has been fishing. The TCA preserves the possibility for the EU fleet to access UK waters, while accepting a medium-term loss of 25% of the value of historic fishing rights held there. EU fishers however deplore the lack of agreement on EU/UK 2021 quotas and the fishing sector as a whole complains that TCA transposition is lagging behind due to UK sub-optimal cooperation and unilateral actions on licencing, technical measures etc. This public hearing aims to provide an early assessment of how the agreement is being implemented, how it affects EU-UK fisheries relations, and how it should be monitored.