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Denmark: New minister for fisheries
Monday, 14 August 2017 13:29

© Johannes Jansson / norden.orgIn a minor cabinet reshuffle Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen moved the fisheries portfolio to Karen Ellemann, Minister for Equal Opportunities and for Nordic Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Fisheries was previously part of the Ministry of Environment and Food. The portfolio shift reverses to some extent the trend towards consolidation seen in the administration of the food and veterinary sphere over the past years, reports the daily, Politiken. In 2015 the ministry of environment was combined with the ministry of food, agriculture and fisheries, and in 2017 it was restructured in to a single department and four agencies, one of which, the Danish AgriFish Agency, will now be split to reflect the latest political developments. The new independent Fisheries Agency will report to Ms Ellemann. According to a press release from the prime minister’s office, containing the impact of Brexit on Danish fisheries, which catches large volumes in UK waters, will call for closer international cooperation and justifies the decision to move fisheries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Danish Fishermen’s Federation reacted with surprise at the change, but looked forward to working together with the new minister for the benefit of the sector.

Denmark: New minister for fisheries

In a minor cabinet reshuffle Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen moved the fisheries portfolio to Karen Ellemann, Minister for Equal Opportunities and for Nordic Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Fisheries was previously part of the Ministry of Environment and Food. The portfolio shift reverses to some extent the trend towards consolidation seen in the administration of the food and veterinary sphere over the past years, reports the daily, Politiken. In 2015 the ministry of environment was combined with the ministry of food, agriculture and fisheries, and in 2017 it was restructured in to a single department and four agencies, one of which, the Danish AgriFish Agency, will now be split to reflect the latest political developments. The new independent Fisheries Agency will report to Ms Ellemann. According to a press release from the prime minister’s office, containing the impact of Brexit on Danish fisheries, which catches large volumes in UK waters, will call for closer international cooperation and justifies the decision to move fisheries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Danish Fishermen’s Federation reacted with surprise at the change, but looked forward to working together with the new minister for the benefit of the sector.