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The Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament (PECH) requested three research papers on the “EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on fisheries and aquaculture in the EU”, which were presented during Workshop for the Committee on 16 March 2022.
During the event, the respective authors shared the key results of their research papers, which they conducted for the Members of the PECH Committee.

Part I: Legal aspects
Prof. Dr. Alexander PROELSS presented the main results of a study, which he prepared together with Dr. Valentin SCHATZ (both University of Hamburg, Germany) for the PECH Committee Members on the ‘Legal aspects’ of the EU-UK TCA relating to fisheries.
Their analysis covered, inter alia, the scope of the fisheries provisions, conservation and management, fishing opportunities, arrangements on access to waters, arrangements on governance; these included provisions on remedial measures, dispute settlement, institutional arrangements, termination, review and relationship with other agreements. In addition, trade-related provisions with relevance for fisheries were presented.

Part II: Trade aspects
In the second presentation, Dr. Heleen BARTELINGS presented the main results of their study on ‘Trade aspects’, which she conducted together with her colleague Dr. Zuzana SMEETS KŘĺSTKOVÁ (both Wageningen Economic Research, Netherlands). The two researchers applied the MAGNET model, a computable general equilibrium model, in order to quantify the impact of the EU-UK TCA on fish related sectors in Europe.
The results of their research show negative impacts on trade, production and consumption of fisheries and aquaculture products for both the EU and the UK. For the EU, the biggest losses are found in the fish processing sector. The overall impact is driven by increased trade costs, whereas the impact of a reduced total allowable catches is rather limited.

Part III: Fishing opportunities aspects
The last presentation, given by Benoît CAILLART (F&S, France), summarised the main elements of a study on ‘Fishing opportunities aspects’, which was co-authored with Pavel SALZ (MR & R, The Netherlands).
This research paper reviewed the potential impacts of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on the fishing opportunities aspects for the EU fishing industry in the short and long term. An EU-wide assessment of their analysis was complemented with two case studies on the Netherlands and France.

The presentations were followed by questions from the Members and a stimulating debate. Watch video of the event (with multilingual interpretation):


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