Faroe takes EU to tribunal over sanctions
On Friday 16 August 2013, the Faroe Islands notified the EU that it will be setting up an international tribune regarding the planned sanctions placed on Farose exports of herring and mackerel.
A meeting of coastal states (Faroe Islands, EU, Norway, Russia and Iceland) to the Atlanto-Scandian herring has been scheduled for the 2-3 September to discuss the joint management of the herring stock. The key issue being the need for a revised, equitable allocation of the stock, which also better reflects the occurrence of herring in Faroese waters.
Despite agreeing to participate in these planned consultations, the EU decided on 31 July 2013 to proceed with imposing coercive economic measures against the Faroe Islands, targeting Faroese imports to the EU of not only herring but also mackerel, and preventing their transport through EU ports.