Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations for the conclusion of a Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement and a Protocol with Denmark and Greenland

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Series Details COM (2019) 491
Publication Date 23/10/2019
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Recommendation presented on 23 October 2019 by the European Commission proposing to negotiate a new sustainable fisheries partnership agreement (SFPA) and protocol with the Home Rule Government of Greenland.

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The current EU-Greenland fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) was signed on 28 June 2007. The Commission proposes that a new SFPA be negotiated to integrate certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 on the common fisheries policy that the FPA does not cover.

The current 5-year Protocol to the FPA entered into application on 1 January 2016 and will expire on 31 December 2020. It establishes fishing opportunities for the Union fleet and the corresponding financial contribution to be paid by the Union and EU shipowners.

In 2019, the Commission carried out an ex-post evaluation of the current FPA and protocol with Greenland and an ex-ante evaluation of their possible renewal. Its conclusions are set out in the accompanying staff working document (SWD).

The evaluation concluded that the EU fishing sector has a clear interest in fishing in Greenland and that renewal of the agreement and the protocol would contribute to improved governance of fisheries in the region.

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EUR-Lex: SWD(2019)386: Evaluation
EUR-Lex: SWD(2019)385: Executive summary of the evaluation

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