Fishing For Subsidies
A group of environmental NGOs has accused the Commission of giving hidden subsidies for environmentally damaging boats used by fishermen.
In July the Commission published a regulation on “de minimis” state aid to the fisheries sector, but six NGOs say this will be used as a fuel subsidy, which in turn will generate further overfishing by making fuel cheaper and thus encouraging fishermen to fish more and longer. The six say fishing enterprises are set to receive up to €30 000 of state aid every three years.
This news story is taken from the September 2007 edition of T&E Bulletin.