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Norway-EU fish deal flounders. Negotiations are not succeeding as planned, despite governmental efforts to ensure that the Norwegian seafood industry gets good terms and market access conditions. Norway’s Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker went to Brussels to attend Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest seafood trade event, Monday. According to her, the equivalent of 170 fully-loaded semi-trailers leave Norway bound for the Continent every day.

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Norway-EU fish deal flounders

Published on Thursday, 23rd April, 2015 at 06:36 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 23rd April 2015 at 07:15.

Negotiations are not succeeding as planned, despite governmental efforts to ensure that the Norwegian seafood industry gets good terms and market access conditions.

Lerøy representative meets the Minister
Lerøy representative meets the Minister
Photo: Stian Mathisen, EU delegation/Flickr


Norway’s Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker went to Brussels to attend Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest seafood trade event, Monday.

According to her, the equivalent of 170 fully-loaded semi-trailers leave Norway bound for the Continent every day.

“Every year, more than 1.3 million tons of seafood is sent from Norway to the EU,” she said in a statement.

Q1 2015’s close saw a new export record. This was NOK 11.6bn (Ministry figures (about EUR 1.36bn at today’s ROE)), a 10 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2014.

“There is a great potential for growth in the seafood industry, but there are also challenges that must be resolved. Norwegian seafood faces high customs duty rates and burdensome customs quotas in the EU. It’s important to simplify trade cooperation and ensure better market access when more people would like to buy Norwegian seafood,” Minister Aspaker declared.

Her programme also included discussing the growth potential of the seafood industry at the Seafood Council’s conference, talking with representatives from exporter Lerøy, and attending meetings with EU officials.

Norway’s negotiations for new conditions for market access for seafood in the EU are going far from swimmingly.

These talks come after “the expiry of several important tariff free quotas negotiations in 2014,” Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker informed The Foreigner via email.

“The negotiations started early in 2014, in parallel to negotiations on new EEA contributions, but we are not close to finding an agreement.”

Supplies of Norwegian seafood also create thousands of jobs in the processing industry within the EU, with main market provider Norway having a 20 per cent share of imports to the area, she explained.

“Good market access is of vital importance if Norwegian seafood is to maintain and develop its position in Europe. We share a common interest in ensuring and improving seafood supplies to the industry and consumers in the EU,” concluded Minister Aspaker.

The Seafood Expo Global in Brussels ends today.



Published on Thursday, 23rd April, 2015 at 06:36 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 23rd April 2015 at 07:15.

This post has the following tags: fish, seafood, norway.





  
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