MADRID, 20 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, held a bilateral meeting this Friday, by videoconference, with the head of the French Sea, Annick Girardin, with whom he has analyzed the main issues of fishing interest for both countries and the ‘Brexit’.
Specifically and in relation to ‘Brexit’, Spain and France agree on the need to reach a satisfactory agreement on fisheries. To do this, they trust that the new Cabinet of the British Prime Minister will promote a closer relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Both ministers have also analyzed different aspects of the community regulation on the Multi-Annual Plan for demersal resources in the western Mediterranean.
Spain understands that the Commission’s proposal to reduce the maximum fishing days in 2021 is very drastic and may have negative socio-economic effects for the fishing sector in the Mediterranean area.
For this reason, a progressive application has been requested from the Commission, as established until 2025. The possibility of applying technical measures and taking into account the measures already taken in 2020 has also been suggested.
Similarly, the initiative ‘Mediterranean, exemplary sea 2030’ was reviewed, a French proposal that is part of the ‘One Planet’ summit, to be held in Marseille in January 2021. In this forum, the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food will lead measure number 9, in relation to the control and fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Planas has expressed Spain’s full commitment to a balanced approach to tackling accidental catches of cetaceans in the Bay of Biscay.
The minister has appreciated that a joint recommendation has been adopted in the regional group with France and Portugal. It has also indicated that the Ministry is very advanced in the processing of national regulations to apply what was agreed in said joint recommendation.