Portugal in charge of deal with UK on fishing

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 14-12-2020 16:20:00 · 2 Comments

Negotiations with the United Kingdom and Norway on fishing opportunities for 2021 will be conducted under the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), regardless of the results of the post-Brexit negotiations.

The Council is responsible for providing the mandate to negotiate international fisheries agreements, for signing agreements on behalf of the EU and for adopting the final decision to implement the agreements under EU law, so Ricardo Serrão Santos should leave the Council of the 15 and 16 December with a mandate to negotiate with the United Kingdom and Norway. The Portuguese presidency of the EU Council starts on 1 January 2021 for a period of six months,

The issue of fisheries is one of those that remain to be negotiated between London and Brussels to reach a post-Brexit agreement. At the next Fisheries Council, the ministers will have on the agenda the European Commission's proposal for a renewal for the first quarter of 2021 of the total allowable catches (TAC) of this year, and the contingency plans to maintain access to waters in the United Kingdom and Norway.

The European Commission published contingency plans last Thursday so that road traffic, air traffic and fishing activities are not interrupted, while the United Kingdom confirmed this weekend that four British Navy vessels are ready to protect UK fishing waters if there is no agreement with the EU.

For its part, Norway has already threatened to prevent access to its fishing zone to Brussels and London from 1 January if the two blocks are not in agreement.

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Mr Antonio??????Antonio is a Portuguese name and by reading the content of your message you are not a Portuguese citizen. More likely to be British a brexiteer and bitter. If Portugal is such a bad country what are you doing there?

By Vita from UK on 17-12-2020 06:02

Let’s be brutally honest Portugal will be in charge of nothing to do with th nation state of Great Britain try to get a grip in your own country before you start trying to tell other countries what to do basically you are third world country on the bones mass unemployment and very little employment opportunities except for tourism which this year has been zilch open your shuttered eyes and realise without the UK you will be nothing

By Antonio from Algarve on 15-12-2020 08:37
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