Nationalists sound caution over new EU policy Published: 07 June, 2006
SCOTTISH National Party President and Euro MP Ian Hudghton today voiced doubts over the European Commission’s maritime policy plans.
Commenting on today’s publication by the Commission of its proposed policy, Mr Hudghton said an EU maritime policy potentially has much to offer coastal nations such as Scotland. “However, my concern is that if a uniform, one size fits all approach is allowed to develop, then the European Commission risks repeating the mistakes of the Common Fisheries Policy.
“Although an EU-wide ‘integrated’ strategy might sound good in theory, Europe would be ill-advised to implement a uniform maritime policy from Mull to Malta, and Aberdeen to Athens. Coastal communities vary in nature and need and Brussels’ historic failure to recognise this must change.
“What I would prefer to see is an approach that could be described as ‘maritime subsidiarity’, ensuring that control over different areas of maritime policy lies at the most local level appropriate, whilst co-ordination of major issues such as pollution control rest at an EU level. This would see Scotland, for example, with control over its own fisheries and domestic marine policy, while allowing us to develop as a maritime hub on the international level.”
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