Bakkafrost chief executive Regin Jacobsen in conversation with Ursula von der Leyen during her visit to the Faroes and Scotland salmon farmer's headquarters in Glyvra yesterday.

European Commission boss visits Bakkafrost HQ

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Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has visited the headquarters of salmon farmer Bakkafrost during a visit to the Faroe Islands.

Von der Leyen had the opportunity to tour Bakkafrost’s state-of-the-art facilities at Glyvra and witness its operations.

“We’re proud to showcase our dedication to sustainable aquaculture practices for such a distinguished guest. President von der Leyen’s visit highlights the critical role that aquaculture plays in ensuring food security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability in the European Union and beyond,” said Bakkafrost chief executive Regin Jacobsen.

A new chapter

Bakkafrost said Von der Leyen’s the visit to the islands signalled a new chapter of collaboration and progress between the Faroese Government and the European Union. The company sees improved trade agreements as a way strengthen its position in the global market.

The Faroes is a self-governing country under the external sovereignty of Denmark, but unlike Denmark it is not a member of the EU.

Bakkafrost farms salmon in the Faroes and in Scotland, where it is investing hundreds of millions of pounds in post-smolt plants, wellboats, and other equipment for Bakkafrost Scotland, formerly the Scottish Salmon Company.