EU implodes as Netherlands angry at Brussels over ‘impossible’ Brexit fishing deal | Politics | New
Brussels approved a € 5.4 billion emergency fund in June to help businesses cope with the short-term effects of Brexit. The money is intended to cover additional costs and to compensate for post-Brexit losses.
Ireland is the largest recipient of funds, followed by the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium.
But Dutch fishermen complain that they have not yet received money under the program, while French fisheries have already received part of the sum.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Durk van Tuinen of the Dutch Fishermen’s Union (Nederlandse Vissersbond) said that 10 months after Brexit, Dutch fishermen were struggling to prove the connection between their losses and Brexit, a strict requirement to receive the funds.
Blaming the Brussels rules under the program, he said: “The European Commission says it is up to a Member State to set rules on how to withdraw money from the funds for fishermen.
“So a Member State is responsible for making the rules and also the possibilities.
“And the member state must also make it clear that there is a relationship with Brexit with the spending of the money.
“I know that the French worked very quickly on this and have already paid the fishermen.
“But the Dutch government is taking longer because it is more difficult in our situation to prove the relationship between the funds and Brexit, which is essential if you want to use the money from the funds.”
When asked if he thought the EU made it difficult for Dutch fishermen to claim their funds, he replied: “Yes. At this point we are now in November, already 10 months after Brexit and the fishermen lost 10 months of income.
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The dispute erupted in September after Paris accused London of not allocating enough licenses to French ships following Britain’s exit from the European Union, while London said it was respecting the ‘OK.
“Happy to welcome David Frost to Paris to restart a necessary dialogue and ensure the implementation of our agreements,” Beaune said on Twitter, posting a photo of both hands shaking in front of the British, French and European flags .
The talks ended after about two hours. The two sides did not immediately give details of what they had discussed.
Mr Beaune also shook hands with Lord Frost on the ministry front steps, with the two smiling and chatting in front of the television cameras as the talks ended.
French President Emmanuel Macron postponed his planned trade sanctions against Britain over the licensing dispute on Monday so both sides could work on new proposals.
Measures threatened by France include increasing border and health checks on goods arriving from Britain and banning British ships from certain French ports – measures that could potentially hamper cross-Channel trade.
Britain and France have been fighting for decades over access to rich fishing grounds around their Channel coasts, an issue that also hampered years of Brexit negotiations before Britain completed its withdrawal at the end of 2020.
The latest dispute over the number of post-Brexit fishing licenses saw France seize a British scallop dredge, which has since been released.
The reaffirmation of British control over its fishing grounds was a central part of the Brexit dossier that Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented to British voters.