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EU and Greenland Agree Sustainable Fisheries Agreement

Lucy Towers
25 March 2015, at 12:00am

EUROPE - The EU and Greenland have agreed on a new protocol to implement the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the two countries.

The protocol will ensure the continuity of fishing activities for EU vessels and enhance sustainable fishing based on quotas established according with the best scientific advice.

As a counterpart, the new Protocol represents a balanced package of a total annual value of €17.8 million from the EU budget, with a slight decrease in access payments. The EU can accept additional and new fishing opportunities if these are offered by Greenland throughout the period of the Protocol.

The Agreement with Greenland is the third most important for the EU in terms of its economic value. It consolidates bilateral cooperation on long-term resource conservation and underpins the continuing strong relations between both Parties.

The agreement will enter into force on 1 January 2016 for a period of five years.