Among other things, it is about maintaining air and road traffic and fishing, as the Brussels authorities announced on Thursday.
“The negotiations are still ongoing, but the end of the transition period is near,” wrote Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Twitter. There is no guarantee of a contract. “We have to be prepared – also for the fact that no contract is in force on January 1st.”
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The emergency measures in this case contain a proposal to maintain certain flight connections between the UK and the EU for six months – based on reciprocity with the UK. There should also be a transitional rule for the recognition of safety certificates for aircraft so that they do not have to be decommissioned in the EU.
There should be a similar mutual arrangement in order to maintain freight transport and passenger traffic, also for six months.
For the politically very controversial subject of fisheries, the EU Commission is proposing a legal framework that should apply until December 31, 2021 – or until a fisheries agreement with Great Britain. This agreement is intended to regulate the access of British fishing trawlers into EU waters and vice versa. The Commission will work closely with the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to bring the regulations into effect before January 1, 2021.
Several EU states had repeatedly urged the Commission to take these emergency measures forward. The Commission had postponed this. Now she justified the move with the great uncertainty whether a trade agreement would be in force by January 1 that would make these measures unnecessary.
Von der Leyen had not made any noticeable progress in a three-hour conversation with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday evening. The Brexit transition period ends on December 31st and Great Britain is leaving the internal market and the customs union.
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