World Brexit: the Netherlands and Ireland, big winners of the adjustment fund

05:30  14 january  2021
05:30  14 january  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Brexit was the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) at the end of 31 January 2020 CET.

The fund was established last year as part of the negotiations on the EU Recovery Fund , which has been set up in response to the pandemic. Designed to assist countries worst affected by the UK’s departure from the EU, Ireland was always expected to be a significant benficiary of the Brexit fund .

Brexit : les Pays-Bas et l’Irlande, grands gagnants du fonds d’ajustement © Pixabay Brexit: the Netherlands and Ireland, big winners of the adjustment fund Ireland and the Netherlands Bottom, then Germany, France and Belgium are the countries which should benefit the most from the adjustment reserve of 5 billion euros set up by the EU to support the sectors most affected by Brexit!

While Brexit has become more concrete since January 1 and the end of the transition period, Ireland and Netherlands should be the main beneficiary countries of the 5 adjustment reserve billion euros set up by the EU to support the sectors of activity most affected by the United Kingdom's exit from the European bloc, according to a proposal unveiled by the European Commission on Wednesday. These two countries are followed by Germany, France and Belgium, according to a table detailing the distribution of the fund among the Twenty-Seven, published on Twitter by Cohesion Commissioner Elisa Ferreira.

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Northern Ireland will continue to follow many of the EU's rules, meaning that lorries can continue to drive across the border without having to be inspected. However, there will be a new "regulatory" border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

France and Netherlands will benefit from Brexit at the expense of the UK, as key EU agencies previously hosted by Britain are moved abroad. Over a dozen EU member states lobbied vigorously to be the new hosts of the two regulators, which are sought after because of the benefits they bring

Around 4.245 billion euros in current prices (4 billion in constant prices) will be paid in 2021, then 1.1 billion (1 billion in constant prices) in 2024. On the first tranche, Ireland is expected to receive 1.052 billion euros. 'euros, the Netherlands 757.4 million, Germany 455.4 million, France 420.8 million and Belgium 324.1 million. The distribution has yet to be approved by the Member States and the European Parliament. This adjustment reserve is on the program for a meeting of the ambassadors of the Twenty-Seven on Wednesday in Brussels.

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The allocation of these funds takes into account "the importance of trade with the United Kingdom and the importance of fisheries in the exclusive economic zone of the United Kingdom", the Commission said in a proposal on December 25th. The post-Brexit agreement between the EU and the UK, which entered into force on January 1, allows the two sides to continue trading without quotas or tariffs.

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The Netherlands has lured 140 Brexit -wary companies since the 2016 referendum to quit the EU, it was claimed on Wednesday. More than half of the firms — 78 — moved last year, according to Netherlands ' Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA).

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK to share a land border with another EU country, the Republic of Ireland . Northern Irish parties have largely campaigned for a Remain vote including Sinn Fein, SDLP and Alliance- with the exception of the Democratic Unionist Party who have backed Brexit .

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But it does not avoid new costs and administrative formalities for European companies doing business with the United Kingdom. The agreement also provides for a 25% reduction in the amount of fish that European fishermen will be able to catch in UK waters within five years. Fishing has also been a major sticking point in trade negotiations.

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