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Forskningsprosjekt

Consequences for the seafood industry of termination of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement

2019 - 2020 (Ongoing)

The main aim of the project is the publication of a book in Norwegian about the consequences for the seafood industry if the EEA agreement is terminated.

This is an interdisciplinary cooperation and book project led by NUPI (Arne Melchior) and Nord University, Bodø (Frode Nilssen). The main aim of the project is the publication of a book in Norwegian about the consequences for the seafood industry if the EEA agreement is terminated.

Abolition of the EEA is not an easy thing because Norway has a large number of related agreements with the EU beyond the EEA itself, and the EEA Agreement is embedded in laws and practice in a large number of fields. Termination of the EEA could therefore, unless Norway becomes a member of the EU, lead to negotiations with the EU about new modalities of cooperation in many areas.

This raises several issues that have also been relevant in the context of Brexit.

The tentative book title is therefore: EU and the seafood industry: EU membership, EEA or NOREXIT?

A tentative plan for the book chapters is as follows:

  1. EEA and the seafood industry (the editors).
  2. Norway’s trade negotiations with the EU over 50 years: Bargaining power and issue linkages (Arne Melchior).
  3. Implications for the seafood industry if the EEA is abandoned: The legal issues (Finn Arnesen and Markus Laurantzon, UiO).
  4. Tariffs for seafood exports to the EU in different scenarios (Arne Melchior).
  5. Veterinary control for seafood exports, with and without the EEA (Christel Elvestad, Nord University and Frode Veggeland, NIBIO/UiO).
  6. The seafood industry and the free movement of labour in the EEA (Edgar Henriksen, NOFIMA).
  7. Fishery catch quotas in the light of Brexit and potential modalities of cooperation with the EU (Trond Bjørndal, SNF and Gordon Munro, University of British Columbia).
  8. Border control for seafood in different EU scenarios (Terje A. Mathisen and Gisle Solvoll, Nord University).
  9. Inward and outward foreign investment in the seafood industry: Trends and issues related to the EEA Agreement (Per Botolf Maurseth, BI/NUPI).

The book will be published at Universitetsforlaget autumn 2020. 

Funding program

This project is funded by the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF)