Emmanuel Macron, who called on Tuesday September 14, in front of the Assises of the sea in Nice, to "go faster" to "make France a great maritime power", promised a new envelope of around 50 million euros for the fishing industry, faced with the consequences of Brexit. "We have done the maximum and we will continue to do the maximum" to help fishermen, while the British are accused of not implementing the compromise on fisheries reached at the end of 2020, said the head of state.
Stressing that the envelope of around fifty million euros earmarked for the modernization of the fleet and auctions in the post-Covid 19 recovery plan had been "consumed", he announced that the government would "fill in a new an additional 50 million euros envelope to be able to move forward”.
The European Commission must ensure that "what has been signed is well respected by our British neighbors, without unnecessary provocation and without reviving, if I may say so, the glorious Franco-British naval history since some apparently wanted to do that" , he added, along with Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin.
These measures aim to strengthen France in the maritime sector, in particular with aid to accelerate the ecological transition of merchant ships. "This is redeployment in the case of the recovery plan and it is pragmatism," said Emmanuel Macron two months before the Fisheries Conference scheduled for November in Brittany.
Fishing was the hardest part of the negotiation of the post-Brexit trade agreement concluded at the end of December between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The catches of EU fishermen in UK waters amount to 650 million euros each year. But the compromise reached is a source of tension: European fleets will have to give up 25% of their catches in British waters after a transition period running until June 2026.
Other announcements from the Head of State: maritime employment assistance will be extended for three years and a maritime specialty should be created within Pôle emploi, in order to improve the placement of seafarers against a backdrop of difficulties of 'hires.