Monday, October 13, 2014

13/10/2014: Help for EU fisheries following Russian embargo

EU agriculture and fisheries ministers have agreed on measures to help the EU fishing industry in the wake of the Russian embargo on EU fish products, report the Irish Times.

Ireland is the third- largest EU exporter of pelagic fish - including mackerel and herring – to Russia.

While Ireland does not sell Celtic Sea herring to Russia, its price has fallen by 40 per cent due to the export ban.

Ministers agreed today to allow greater flexibility on inter-year transfers of quota, effectively allowing member states to “bank” some of their fishing quota ahead of next year when prices improve.

Member states will now be allowed to 25 per cent of their mackerel quota to be “banked”’ for this year, while the Commission is considering allowing similar measures for horse mackerel and Celtic Sea herring, provided that scientific research shows it is not harmful environmentally.

“This is a big win for us,” Minister for Marine Simon Coveney said today. “We have been pushing very hard for this measure. There are not that many countries that are affected by the Russian ban on fish.”

Russia imported about €200 million in fish imports from the European Union last year, with France, Britain, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia and Ireland the main exporters.

In terms of EU support for farmers in response to the Russian embargo which is now entering its third month, Mr Coveney said it was important support for the agriculture sector was not solely taken from the agriculture budget.

“Compensation budgets to respond to the consequences of the Russian ban on agricultural and fish products should not be confined to the agriculture budget. This is the consequence of a foreign policy decision – the right foreign policy decision – but still a foreign policy decision and agriculture and fisheries are now taking the brunt of that decision.”

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