European Court slams UK claims of “transparent and objective” distribution of fishing quota

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1 June, 2017

The European Court of Auditors has contradicted the UK Government’s claims, made in a UK court in November 2015 during a judicial review brought by Greenpeace UK, that its distribution of fishing quota was both transparent and objective.

In 2015, Greenpeace UK took the Government to court on the basis that it was not implementing Article 17 of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which requires member states to allocate quota according to transparent and objective criteria along environmental, social and economic lines.

Emir of Dubai takes £1m in farm subsidies for horse breeding empire

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23 October, 2016

The Emir of Dubai has received almost £1 million in farm subsidies over the last two years for thoroughbred stud farms that boast tennis courts, a mansion, helipads and even a swimming pool for horses, Greenpeace can reveal.

Read the full investigation here.

The billionaire Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, received a startling £923,760 in taxpayer subsidies for his Newmarket-based stud farms Darley Stud and Godolphin, Greenpeace has found. A further £110,301 went to Smech Management Company, which is also owned by Sheikh Mohammed. Of these payments, a total of £947,211 came from the controversial “single payment scheme”, based primarily on the area of land owned, rather than how that land is used.

Greenpeace investigation exposes agricultural subsidies linked to tax havens and billionaires

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29 September, 2016

A Greenpeace investigation has for the first time analysed the Top 100 recipients of the Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) “single payment scheme” – subsidies paid out based on the area of land owned.

Painting a picture of “a broken system which sends public subsidies into billionaires’ bank accounts,” the study reveals:

Will George Eustice finally create a fair deal for small-scale fishermen?

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George Eustice signing a Greenpeace petition asking the Government to reallocate
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George Eustice signing a petition asking the government to create a fair deal for small-scale fishermen.

(Guest blog by Frances Rankin)

Fisheries Minister George Eustice was at the House of Lords yesterday, facing questions on the future of the fishing industry after we leave the EU.

Fisheries minister must seize opportunity to end ‘absurdly unequal’ fishing policy, says Greenpeace

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13 September, 2016

Tomorrow (Wednesday), Fisheries Minister George Eustice MP will appear before the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee, as part of an inquiry into Brexit and UK fisheries policy.

Commenting ahead of the session, Greenpeace UK oceans campaigner Alix Foster Vander Elst said:

‘It’s no secret that small-scale fishermen have been left cheated and neglected by the current quota system. But while George Eustice has held up leaving the EU as a magic pill to cure the fishing industry, it was his department which gave almost two-thirds of fishing quota to just three companies, leaving small-scale fishermen struggling.

4 species that were saved by the EU

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Among the many, many things that the EU regulates, are a handful of little-known laws that have helped protect the UK countryside. They are called the Birds and Habitat Directives.

National Flood Resilience Review - Greenpeace response

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8 September, 2016

Responding to the Government’s National Flood Resilience Review published today, Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist at Greenpeace UK, said:

‘The devastating floods felt by the north of England last year were not a flash in the pan. We know that climate change is only going to increase the impact and frequency of such extreme weather. Investment in flood defence infrastructure is a no-brainer, but the Government now has a critical window to fundamentally reassess how we deliver flood prevention and environmental protection in rural areas.

Boris Johnson's 'Vote Leave' battle bus re-branded outside Parliament

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18 July, 2016

Greenpeace covers bogus claim with questions from public

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The famous ‘Vote Leave’ battle bus has been acquired by Greenpeace and is being re-branded outside Parliament. The bogus £350m NHS claim is being covered over with thousands of questions for the new government from Leave and Remain voters – many of them about what Brexit means for the environment. The questions, written on stickers, are forming a montage that will spell out the words ‘TIME FOR TRUTH’ in huge white letters on the side of the bus.

New Brexit minister David Davis urged to back fair and sustainable fisheries, food and farming

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14 July, 2016

Greenpeace has joined over 80 organisations to call on David Davis, in his newly-appointed position as Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union, to ensure that fair and environmentally sustainable fishing, food and farming are a central component of the UK’s post-Brexit strategy.

Greenpeace UK’s Executive Director, John Sauven, said:

“Britain is in flux. But in the midst of such uncertainty the Government must come clean about whether it will safeguard environmental protections which have taken decades to develop. From science-led fishing quotas, to the protection of wildlife and habitats and sustainable farming – the Government must commit to not bartering away policies that promote healthier lifestyles, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Letter to David Davis MP

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Over 80 organisations have signed a letter to David Davies and Theresa May to stress the important implications of Brexit on food and farming.

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