NGOs: “Commission too slow on removing harmful subsidies”

A coalition of NGOs call on the commission to phase out subsidies that damage the environment.

The EU has repeatedly committed to removing environmentally damaging subsidies. Green groups now attack the European Commission for not doing enough about the problem.

Ninety-one European and international organisations have signed a letter to José Manuel Barroso, president of the Commission, in which they call on the Commission to “present a roadmap for sector-based efforts to eliminate environmentally harmful subsidies without further delay and to ensure its implementation by all means possible”.

The letter lands in Mr. Barroso’s mailbox within weeks after the publication of a parliamentary study that gives an overview of EU subsidies for unsustainable practices.

Axel Naver

Link: read the full letter

Related article: Parliamentary report recommends reform of fisheries subsidies

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