Opublikowane: 19-12-2020

Uk Norway Fisheries Framework Agreement

Prop. S applies to the approval of the conclusion of a framework agreement on fisheries concluded on 30 September 2020 between Norway and the United Kingdom. The agreement governs part of the cooperation between Norway and the UNITED Kingdom after the UK is no longer covered by the Fisheries Agreement between Norway and the EU. It facilitates agreement between the parties on reciprocal access to the other party`s fishing grounds and on the exchange of fishing quotas. The agreement also regulates issues such as licensing and cooperation in monitoring and research. After Brexit, the existing fisheries agreement between the EU and Norway, which had previously governed the UK`s fishing relationship with Norway, will have to be replaced. North Sea stocks must now be jointly exploited by the UK, Norway and the EU in trilateral relations. The agreement will enter into force as soon as both sides have completed national procedures, but no earlier than 1 January 2021. Norway and the United Kingdom today signed a new framework agreement on fisheries cooperation. Specific agreements on access to fisheries in the affected areas and the exchange of fishing quotas are concluded, as is the case today, through annual fisheries agreements. Other aspects of North Sea fisheries cooperation are governed by a separate tripartite agreement between the EU, Norway and the UK. The Community has three fisheries agreements with Norway, namely the bilateral, trilateral and neighbouring agreements. The bilateral agreement covers the North Sea and the Atlantic, the Skagerrak and Kattegat trilateral agreement (Denmark, Sweden and Norway) and the Neighbourhood Agreement on Swedish fishing in Norwegian North Sea waters.

„The agreement fulfills our obligations under the law of the sea to cooperate with other coastal states on common fish stocks. This cooperation must be consistent with modern fisheries management principles. We will also continue our good cooperation with the EU in the area of fishing in the North Sea. We look forward to reaching an agreement between Norway, the UK and the EU on how common North Sea stocks will be managed when Brexit becomes a reality,” said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Seride. The agreement demonstrates the common will of the United Kingdom and Norway to cooperate as independent coastal states and to seek effective and sustainable management of their fisheries. The treaty contains the same principles that the UK is currently seeking with the EU – a framework agreement that reflects the international rights of the UK and Norway. I am pleased that we now have an agreement that provides a framework for comprehensive fisheries cooperation with the United Kingdom, which is an important country for Norway. The agreement is in line with our obligations under the law of the sea to cooperate with other coastal states in the common management of fisheries resources, in accordance with modern sustainable management systems, an ecosystem approach and the precautionary principle. We will also maintain our close cooperation with the EU in the area of North Sea fishing.