Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the framework of the Convention on Future Multilateral Co-operation in the North-East Atlantic Fisheries as regards the application for accession to that Convention submitted by the United Kingdom and repealing Council Decision (EU) 2019/510
1. This is a proposal for a Council Decision regarding the application submitted by the United Kingdom on 7 July 2020 to accede to the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in North East Atlantic Fisheries (“the NEAFC Convention”) during the Transition Period (TP).
2. There are five RFMOs in which the UK has particular fishing and conservation interests: the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO).
3. The UK is seeking to become a member of NEAFC, as well the other four RFMOs listed above, in its own right during the TP in order to be able to participate in decision making with respect to measures for the conservation and management of fish stocks which will have effect at the end of this period.
4. Article 129(4) of the Withdrawal Agreement provides that, during the TP, the UK may negotiate, sign and ratify international agreements entered into in its own capacity in the areas of exclusive competence of the EU, provided those agreements do not enter into force or apply during the transition period, unless so authorised by the EU.