Deliverable 3.2

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Report on market institutional analysis and implications for competitiveness

Executive Summary

This report describes the main legal framework for the value chains of the six commodity species (or species groups) that are the focus of PrimeFish; four farmed and two capture.

The report focus on the legal aspects influencing the competitiveness at the EU seafood market for EU as well as non-EU based seafood companies. It do not intend to be covering the field of regulations which at one hand is a way to establish a common market of fairness and transparency for all market actors, but at the other hand can limit the competitiveness of the individual company.  As such the report includes the main regulative framework, and selected national regulations, which might influence company competitiveness at the European market.

The regulations are selected partly based on previous work in the PrimeFish project illustrating legal aspects of importance for the companies and their competitiveness. These are the input-output value chain reports for the deliverable 3.1 report, the first in-depth case studies at company level for the WP 3 and finally input from specific reports on national legislation from Norway, Scotland, and Newfoundland (Canada) as well as Denmark.

The report consists of three sections; first in general about the regulative framework and competitiveness (as briefly indicated above), second on supra-national regulation and third examples of national regulation of fisheries, aquaculture and processing and trade

The supranational regulation is setting the framework of international trade agreements in WTO, and other bi- or multilateral agreements, including CETA and TTIP and considerations of the conditions after a Brexit (the UK leaving the EU). This section also touch upon the EU regulation of the seafood sector, fisheries and aquaculture, trade tariffs, competition regulation of the increasingly consolidated sector and health and environmental regulation.

The third part of the report addresses central elements of the national regulation. This regards national implementation of EU (or EEA) regulation, and purely national regulations, which influence the national seafood industry in the competitiveness at the European seafood market. This section looks across four nations and their regulation of fisheries, aquaculture and processing/trade respectively.

The report creates a general overview of the central regulations for the seafood industry competing at the European Market. Internally in the PrimeFish project it further supports focus the relevant legal aspects to be included in the ongoing process of collecting data for case studies in the project.

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