Yesterday, the Coastal States involved in herring fishing held an extraordinary meeting in London. The objective was to find a solution in accordance with the sustainability of the stock. The good news is that all parties were around the table. But I am heavily disappointed to learn that the Faroe Islands did not come up with any concrete proposal of new shares to solve the situation.
The Faroese government is continuing its unilateral actions referring to this shared stock. Earlier this year, Faroes have unilaterally decided to triple their fishing quota of herring, though the stock is scientifically assessed as being endangered.
Following unfruitful discussions to reduce this quota and non-existent proposals from the Faroes, the Commission adopted trade measures against the Faroe Islands. This was really our last resort. Iceland and Norway, two of the other coastal states, have also imposed restrictions over Faeroese herring.
All of us are insisting on persuading Faroese government to engage in negotiations and to come with a counter proposal. This is the only way to exit the deadlock we are facing now and to normalize our relations.