EFTTA representatives and its legal team are set to meet members of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the latest attempt to break the deadlock over the proposed ban on lead in fishing tackle.
It was reported in May 2016 that representatives from three of Europe’s top fishing tackle manufacturers – Normark Denmark, Svendsen Sport and Pure Fishing – had negotiated a two year exemption on a ban in Denmark on angling products containing a specified level of lead. This not only covers weights, but all tackle, including rods and reels.
Nils Juul Larsen, Managing Director of Normark Denmark, and EFTTA Public Affairs Officer, Jan Kappel, will have top level talks with officials from the EPA in Denmark next month.
Kappel said: “We have been in contact with the EPA before, but not at this level. We had originally asked for a meeting with the Government Minister in charge, but he referred us to the EPA, informing us that a solution can be found through it alone.
“From conversations we have had recently there is no doubt that there is a willingness among both parties to find a solution that everyone can be happy with. However, whether willingness is enough and the legislative framework is broad enough to save the day for the tackle trade in Denmark remains to be seen.
“Of course we hope so. Otherwise the alternative would involve more time and money devoted to having existing legislation amended or interpreted differently by the national court or – ultimately – the European Court of Justice.”