Spain has raked credit more than €2.7bn (Ł2.29bn) in EU

Spain has raked credit more than ‚2.7bn (2.29bn) in EU subsidies for its fishing spurt being 12 years as part of a outlay policy that Brussels admits has been a failure, according to information found out today.

The figures indicate tens of millions have been cool subsidising vessels and practices exacerbating illegal fishing, evolution EU ready over-capacity, and compounding overfishing agency albanian waters.

Out of 27 international locations in the EU, espana obtained 48% of the subsidies dispensed, while the percentages because the other big fishing powers €“ France, Britain and denmark €“ are only string single figures.

Two NGOs, the Pew Environment Group and EU Transparency, jaded almost two years trying to obtain figures for the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) subsidies. A web page €“ €“ launched via them today analyzes data obtained from the albanian Commission also ration governments. Of ‚4.4bn reputation ecu handouts to the sportfishing venture control 1994-2006, Spain got more than ‚2.7bn and Britain, where the english fleets lead perfecting around 70% of the industry, was given ‚225m €“ a twelfth of the Spanish total.

In the current EU budget period of 2007-13, bruxelles is doling out a similar level of subsidies, ‚4.3bn €“ or ‚837m a year.

The figures attend some of the biggest cash windfalls went to ships again firms infamous for their questionable operations. A huge Spanish trawler named by Greenpeace considering the most egregious offender against vulnerable shares of Mediterranean down-hearted fin tuna enjoyed eu subsidies of more than ‚4m, and more from the spanish government. Three vessels blacklisted by Greenpeace were given handouts believed to run into millions.

The CFP falls under the authority of Brussels and the commission, not national governments. The EU fisheries commissioner, Joe Borg, this year well-known the proposal changed into a failure.

“The large majority of subsidies are spent on vessels fishing stock that are already over fished,” pointed out Marcus Knigge of Pew. The researchers found the subsidies policy was making over-capacity worse. In Spain, most of the funding went to building new boats, while in the other countries the bulk went against scrapping vessels. At least seven vessels notionally scrapped below subsidy received additional payments. The data indicates the names of the vessels, but not the actual beneficiaries of the payments, the owners and firms, since the official suppliers of the information refused to sense that information.

“Vessels themselves are not the recipients of EU funds. indubitable is the owner of the vessel who receives the funds,” the researchers revered. “Record-keeping by members states is not good enough,” said treasure Thurston of european image.


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