Seas At Risk and 88 other European and international organisations have called on President Barroso to honour the Commission’s commitment to end environmentally harmful subsidies.

Seas At Risk and 88 other European and international organisations have called on President Barroso to honour the Commission’s commitment to end environmentally harmful subsidies.

In 2006 the EU committed to proposing a roadmap for the removal of environmentally damaging subsidies by 2008. The European Commission reiterated this commitment in 2007 and in 2010 the Europe 2020 Strategy stressed the need to phase out environmentally harmful subsidies. This is in addition to numerous calls by EU heads of state and the European Parliament for the phasing out of environmentally harmful subsidies.

“The European Commission can no longer postpone the publication of the roadmap for the elimination of environmentally harmful subsidies. It is high time that the Commission honours its own commitments and responds to the requests of both the Parliament and the Council” said Monica Verbeek, Executive Director of Seas At Risk. “It is outrageous that in this day and age public funds are still being used to subsidise activities that are damaging the environment and the economic activities that depend on it.”

The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is advancing without any obvious analysis of the environmental effects of the massive subsidies handed out in this sector, although subsidies are known to contribute to maintain or increase fleet overcapacity and overfishing.

Seas At Risk and OCEAN2012 are campaigning for a reform of the CFP which ensures that public funds are only used to deliver public goods, such as research or control activities.


The letter to President Barroso

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