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Luis Planas: EU unity was key to reaching the fisheries agreement with UK

Christian Fernsby |
The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in Spain congratulates the EC for having reached this agreement after months of "hard and complicated" negotiations, in which "the unity" of the entire EU has been key.

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e agreement is positive for Spain, as the Spanish fleet will continue to fish normally and safely in British waters.

Luis Planas asks the Commission for the "greatest possible speed" to transpose the results to the total allowable catch (TAC) regulations and annual quotas "to give the necessary legal certainty to the fleets".

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, today transferred Spain's support to the preliminary fisheries agreement reached verbally between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom, which will allow the national fleet that fishes in British waters to maintain its current catch quotas for 2021 and those of deep-sea species 2021 and 2022. Hake, monkfish and roosters are the main species for Spanish fishermen in the area.

EU Fisheries Ministers today held an informal meeting by videoconference to give their opinion on the text pre-agreed by environment, oceans and fisheries commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius and British Secretary of State Dominic Raab, which will now have to be formalised with a final written signature.

Planas has asked the Commission for the "greatest possible speed" to transpose the results to the regulations of Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and annual quotas "to give the necessary legal certainty to the fleets".

"The result of the agreed figures is acceptable to Spain, especially appreciating the firm defense of the maintenance of the TACs for species that could pose a problem of strangulation by the landing obligation, such as sea bream and cod from the west of Scotland and the Celtic Sea, "explained Planas.

The minister highlighted the effort made by the European Commission to close this difficult agreement, after five months of negotiations, and avoid that either there were none, or that there had been partial deals with certain member countries, a situation that "was not acceptable". For Planas, this agreement once again shows that the union is the main strength of the European partners.


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