NW MEP calls for rise in fishing fuel subsidies

Northwest MEP Jim Higgins has called for a massive rise in fuel subsidies for the fishing industry.

Yesterday a cross-party resolution approved in Strasbourg said emergency measures were urgently needed to help the hard-pressed fishing industry cope with high oil prices.

The sector wants the current ceiling on the level of state aid which could be granted without needing European Commission vetting on fair competition grounds, to be doubled to 60-thousand euros.

Jim Higgins has also called for a long-term EU plan to improve fuel efficiency in the fisheries industry and reduce fishermen's dependence on fossil fuels: