EU stops largest ever environmental fine

€88m poorer, France convinces European commission that it has complied with fisheries protection rules

The French government has complied with EU fishery protection rules following a landmark EU court ruling and so will escape further financial penalties, the European commission said on Thursday.  France was fined €20m in July 2005, plus nearly €57.8m for every six months that it failed to bring its rules into line (EED 13/07/05).  The penalty was the highest ever imposed on a member state for non-respect of EU environmental rules.  The commission triggered the first €57.8m fine in March (EED 01/03/06).  See press release.

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