Norway is trying to win tax exemption for its fish exports to countries about to join the EU,according to the Norwegian newspaper Sunnmørsposten.
Poland, which is on its way into the EU, is Norways largest market for herring . Norwegian exporters now worry about what will happen with their fish exports if Poland and the new member countries introduce EU taxes on fish.
There is real cause for concern. If there was any doubt about EU membership before, this definitely makes you think it is too difficult to stay outside. Regardless, it is very important that we get deals, which will secure export to the new EU countries, at least for a period, said Palmar Sperre from Nils Sperre A/S.
He added: If we will contribute economically to the EU it will have to be a condition that we get trade rights in exchange
Norwegian Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik, assured that the question of compensation for loss of tax removal is on top of the list in conversation both with the EU and the new EU countries. The EU, however, is refusing to give compensation and wants Norway to pay billions to an adjustment fund.
We are trying to get tax removal in connection with the fund. I brought this up last at the NATO-meeting in Prague, said the Prime Minister. He added that he still believes in the ECC and that the real EU debate would probably wait a few years until there is real experience with the extension,