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2021/0037(NLE) EU/Greenland/Denmark Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement and Implementation Protocol

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead PECH KARLESKIND Pierre (icon: Renew Renew) HERBST Niclas (icon: EPP EPP), AGUILERA Clara (icon: S&D S&D), ROOSE Caroline (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), ILČIĆ Ladislav (icon: ECR ECR)
Committee Opinion BUDG GUALMINI Elisabetta (icon: S&D S&D) José Manuel FERNANDES (icon: PPE PPE), Francisco GUERREIRO (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), Hélène LAPORTE (icon: ID ID), Vlad GHEORGHE (icon: RE RE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 043-p2, TFEU 218-p6a, TFEU 218-p7

Events

2021/10/05
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 624 votes to 12, with 56 abstentions, a resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of a Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union on the one hand, and the Government of Greenland and the Government of Denmark, on the other hand and the Implementation Protocol thereto.

Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the agreement and the protocol.

The new agreement repeals and replaces the existing agreement, which entered into force on 28 June 2007. It covers a period of six years (2021-2026) from the date of its provisional application and is renewable by tacit agreement. The new protocol covers a period of four years (2021-2024) from the date of its provisional application and can be extended for two years.

The new agreement and its implementing protocol aim to achieve the priorities of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy and its external dimension, with a view to continuing and strengthening the strategic partnership between the European Union and the Governments of

Greenland and Denmark in the field of fisheries.

The purpose of the Protocol is to provide fishing opportunities to EU vessels in Greenland waters in accordance with best available scientific advice and the recommendations of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) and of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC). The aim is also to strengthen cooperation between the European Union and Greenland, thereby creating a partnership framework within which to develop the Greenlandic fisheries sector fisheries policy and to promote sound exploitation of fishery resources in Greenlandic waters, in the interests of both parties.

The species covered by the new Protocol are Cod, Pelagic Redfish, Demersal Redfish, Greenland Halibut, Northern Prawn, Grenadier, Capelin and Mackerel.

The new Protocol provides fishing opportunities for 12 vessels. In return, the EU budget will allocate an annual financial compensation to Greenland of EUR 16 521 754, of which EUR 2 931 000 is earmarked to support the Greenland Fisheries Policy.

Documents
2021/07/15
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Fisheries adopted the recommendation by Pierre KARLESKIND (Renew Europe, FR) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of a Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union on the one hand, and the Government of Greenland and the Government of Denmark, on the other hand and the Implementation Protocol thereto.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the agreement.

As a reminder, the aim of the new agreement and protocol will enable 12 EU vessels to make use of fishing opportunities in Greenland’s waters for eight species: cod, pelagic redfish, demersal redfish, Greenland halibut, northern prawn, grenadier, capelin and Atlantic mackerel. The agreement will be valid for four years renewable for a further two. Members considered that the new agreement and protocol needed to be negotiated to bring them closer into line with fishing opportunities and scientific advice, to increase flexibility regarding catches, to introduce a lower by-catch quota and establish a six-year validity period for the protocol.

In general, both the agreement and the protocol will contribute to better management and conservation of fishery resources, through financial support (sectoral support) for the implementation of programmes adopted at national level by the partner country, in particular to reinforce monitoring, control and surveillance.

The agreement provides for financial compensation from the EU of EUR 16 521 754, of which EUR 2 931 000 is earmarked for support for and the development of Greenland’s fisheries sector.

It was stressed in the explanatory statement that the negotiations on the agreement and protocol thereto were held in parallel with the negotiations on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which delayed the conclusion of an agreement. It was also stressed that Brexit has destabilised relations with all North Atlantic countries and therefore particular attention needs to be paid to this state of affairs.

Documents
2021/07/12
   EP - Vote in committee
2021/06/01
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2021/05/24
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2021/04/26
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2021/03/22
   EP - GUALMINI Elisabetta (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in BUDG
2021/03/19
   CSL - Legislative proposal
Documents
2021/03/18
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Documents
2021/03/04
   EP - KARLESKIND Pierre (Renew) appointed as rapporteur in PECH
2021/02/16
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2021/02/16
   EC - Preparatory document
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude a Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union, Greenland and Denmark and the Implementation Protocol thereto.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: the Commission negotiated on behalf of the EU a new sustainable fisheries partnership agreement between the European Union on the one hand, and the Government of Greenland and the Government of Denmark, on the other hand as well as a new implementation protocol to the partnership agreement. The agreement and the protocol were initialled at the end of those negotiations on 11 January 2021.

The agreement repeals the previous agreement that entered into force on 28 June 2007. The agreement and protocol have been applied on a provisional basis from the date of their signature.

These should now be approved on behalf of the European Union.

CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council authorise the signing and provisional application of the sustainable fisheries partnership agreement and the implementation protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution.

The new agreement covers a period of six years (2021-2026) from the date of its provisional application, renewable by tacit agreement. It pursues the priorities of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy and its external dimension, with a view of continuing and reinforcing the strategic partnership between the European Union and the Governments of Greenland and Denmark in the field of fisheries.

Fishing opportunities

The species covered by the new protocol are Cod, Pelagic Redfish, Demersal Redfish, Greenland Halibut, Northern Prawn, Grenadier, Capelin and Mackerel. The new protocol provides fishing opportunities for 12 vessels. Six EU Member States have a direct fishing interest in the new Protocol, namely Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Sweden and, to a lesser degree, Spain and Portugal.

Joint committee

The new agreement establishes the Joint Committee responsible for monitoring its implementation. The Joint Committee may approve certain amendments to the protocol. In order to facilitate the approval of such amendments, the Commission should be empowered, subject to specific conditions, to approve them under a simplified procedure.

Budgetary implications

The annual financial contribution from the EU is EUR 16 521 754, based on:

a) an annual amount for access to fishery resources for the categories provided for in the Protocol, set at EUR 13 590 754 for the duration of the protocol;

b) support for the development of Greenland’s sectoral fisheries policy amounting to EUR 2 931 000 for the duration of the protocol.

The annual amount for commitment and payment appropriations is established during the annual budgetary procedure, including for the reserve line for protocols not yet having entered into force at the beginning of the year.

2021/02/16
   EP - Preparatory document

Documents

Votes

Accord de partenariat UE/Groenland et Danemark dans le domaine de la pêche durable - Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement EU/Greenland and Denmark - Partnerschaftliches Abkommen über nachhaltige Fischerei zwischen der EU, Grönland und Dänemark - A9-0233/2021 - Pierre Karleskind - Procédure d'approbation #

2021/10/05 Outcome: +: 603, 0: 72, -: 16
DE ES IT PL FR RO NL CZ PT BE SE BG EL HU AT DK IE SK HR LT FI LV SI MT CY LU EE
Total
94
58
75
50
79
32
29
21
21
21
20
17
21
16
19
14
13
14
12
10
14
8
8
6
6
6
7
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Hungary PPE

1

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Latvia PPE

2

Malta PPE

2
2

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2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
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140

Czechia S&D

For (1)

1

Greece S&D

2

Hungary S&D

For (1)

1

Lithuania S&D

2

Latvia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

2
icon: Renew Renew
98

Italy Renew

2
3

Hungary Renew

2

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Ireland Renew

2

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Lithuania Renew

1

Finland Renew

3

Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Slovenia Renew

2

Luxembourg Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3
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71

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

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3

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

Abstain (1)

1

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3

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Austria Verts/ALE

3

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2

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

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For (1)

1

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3

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
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62

Germany ECR

1

Romania ECR

1

Netherlands ECR

4

Bulgaria ECR

2

Greece ECR

1

Slovakia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

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1

Lithuania ECR

1

Latvia ECR

2
icon: NI NI
34

Germany NI

Against (1)

2

Netherlands NI

1

Slovakia NI

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Croatia NI

2

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1
icon: The Left The Left
39

Netherlands The Left

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1

Czechia The Left

1

Belgium The Left

Against (1)

1

Sweden The Left

Against (1)

1

Denmark The Left

1

Finland The Left

Against (1)

1

Cyprus The Left

2
icon: ID ID
71

Netherlands ID

Against (1)

1

Czechia ID

2

Austria ID

3

Denmark ID

For (1)

1

Finland ID

2

Estonia ID

Abstain (1)

1

History

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  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the agreement.
  • As a reminder, the aim of the new agreement and protocol will enable 12 EU vessels to make use of fishing opportunities in Greenland’s waters for eight species: cod, pelagic redfish, demersal redfish, Greenland halibut, northern prawn, grenadier, capelin and Atlantic mackerel. The agreement will be valid for four years renewable for a further two. Members considered that the new agreement and protocol needed to be negotiated to bring them closer into line with fishing opportunities and scientific advice, to increase flexibility regarding catches, to introduce a lower by-catch quota and establish a six-year validity period for the protocol.
  • In general, both the agreement and the protocol will contribute to better management and conservation of fishery resources, through financial support (sectoral support) for the implementation of programmes adopted at national level by the partner country, in particular to reinforce monitoring, control and surveillance.
  • The agreement provides for financial compensation from the EU of EUR 16 521 754, of which EUR 2 931 000 is earmarked for support for and the development of Greenland’s fisheries sector.
  • It was stressed in the explanatory statement that the negotiations on the agreement and protocol thereto were held in parallel with the negotiations on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which delayed the conclusion of an agreement. It was also stressed that Brexit has destabilised relations with all North Atlantic countries and therefore particular attention needs to be paid to this state of affairs.
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  • PURPOSE: to conclude a Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union, Greenland and Denmark and the Implementation Protocol thereto.
  • PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.
  • ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.
  • BACKGROUND: the Commission negotiated on behalf of the EU a new sustainable fisheries partnership agreement between the European Union on the one hand, and the Government of Greenland and the Government of Denmark, on the other hand as well as a new implementation protocol to the partnership agreement. The agreement and the protocol were initialled at the end of those negotiations on 11 January 2021.
  • The agreement repeals the previous agreement that entered into force on 28 June 2007. The agreement and protocol have been applied on a provisional basis from the date of their signature.
  • These should now be approved on behalf of the European Union.
  • CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council authorise the signing and provisional application of the sustainable fisheries partnership agreement and the implementation protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution.
  • The new agreement covers a period of six years (2021-2026) from the date of its provisional application, renewable by tacit agreement. It pursues the priorities of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy and its external dimension, with a view of continuing and reinforcing the strategic partnership between the European Union and the Governments of Greenland and Denmark in the field of fisheries.
  • Fishing opportunities
  • The species covered by the new protocol are Cod, Pelagic Redfish, Demersal Redfish, Greenland Halibut, Northern Prawn, Grenadier, Capelin and Mackerel. The new protocol provides fishing opportunities for 12 vessels. Six EU Member States have a direct fishing interest in the new Protocol, namely Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Sweden and, to a lesser degree, Spain and Portugal.
  • Joint committee
  • The new agreement establishes the Joint Committee responsible for monitoring its implementation. The Joint Committee may approve certain amendments to the protocol. In order to facilitate the approval of such amendments, the Commission should be empowered, subject to specific conditions, to approve them under a simplified procedure.
  • Budgetary implications
  • The annual financial contribution from the EU is EUR 16 521 754, based on:
  • a) an annual amount for access to fishery resources for the categories provided for in the Protocol, set at EUR 13 590 754 for the duration of the protocol;
  • b) support for the development of Greenland’s sectoral fisheries policy amounting to EUR 2 931 000 for the duration of the protocol.
  • The annual amount for commitment and payment appropriations is established during the annual budgetary procedure, including for the reserve line for protocols not yet having entered into force at the beginning of the year.