According to a proposal from the EU Commission, Denmark is to receive DKK 1.74 billion this year from a special EU pool that will help the member states to mitigate the costs of Brexit. Additional money will be distributed later.
In Denmark, it is especially the fishermen who are affected by the fact that the UK has left the EU, as they will in future have less access to catch fish in British waters.
This is a proposal from the European Commission, which was presented to the EU countries on Wednesday.
They will now discuss and negotiate the distribution of the Brexit pool agreed in 2020 as part of the long-term budget for 2021-27.
The proposal from the EU Commission, which will give Denmark 1.74 billion kroner (in 2018 prices), corresponding to 233.3 million euros, covers the money given from the pool this year. That is a total of 4 billion euros.
The rest of the € 5 billion pool is to be paid out later.
About 1.1 billion of the money that Denmark stands to receive is intended as compensation for fishing. The rest is compensation for losses in trade in goods and services.
The proposal to distribute money from the Brexit pool tries to take into account who is hardest hit by the British divorce with the EU.
The distribution is based on a number of different factors. One of them is the value of the fish that EU fishermen catch in British waters.
It also takes into account the countries’ trade, gross domestic product (GDP) and population.
Ireland, which with a direct border with the United Kingdom, is expected to be the EU country that suffers the worst consequences. The Irish also stand to get the most money from the pool: 991.2 million euros, or 7.4 billion Danish kroner.
Next, it is the Netherlands and Germany that will receive the most EU money from the special pool in 2021.
Five countries – Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium – are set to receive more than Denmark this year.
EU parliamentarian Niels Fuglsang (S) has this week written a letter to the EU Commission, among other things with an appeal that the EU does not forget the fishermen when the Brexit pool is used up.
‘Brexit is a defeat for many of the fishermen who have been fishing in British waters for decades. That is why it is good that the European Commission has been quick to prioritize fisheries. “
“The Brexit reserve is a patch on the wound now and here. But fishing will not be less important after the Brexit reserve has been used up. So I also believe that the EU should be able to do more to secure fishermen in future budgets, “he said of the proposal.
/ ritzau /
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