Spanish response to Prestige crisis slammed

The Spanish authorities' handling of the Prestige oil tanker sinking in November 2002 was criticised on Monday by an inquiry committee the European parliament set up to investigate the incident (EED 24/10/03). The committee's report, due for plenary parliamentary scrutiny later this month, slates Spain's decision to tow the vessel out to sea and calls for action to deal with the oil still in the wreck. Other recommendations include the establishment of an EU coastguard service and more powers for the European agency for maritime safety. See EU parliament's press release and meeting documents.

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