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Looting the Sea II

In Archive, Stories on October 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Spain is the most powerful fishing nation in a region where economies and fish stocks are in shambles. A team of reporters from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists examined the Spanish fishing industry’s political influence, global reach and criminal record. The stories reveal an industry more subsidized by taxpayers than any other in the European Union, even as it has racked up an extensive history of flouting rules and breaking laws.

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Blogging: Cross-border effort revealed fraud with EU-money

In Archive, Stories on May 5, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Early May, a bare old industry building turned meeting place in Brussels. Four large tables, about 20-30 journalists and programmers, all staring on their open labtops. Sometimes they talk, pointing to each others screens, often they just work. Loads of coffee, for lunch there are pretty dry sandwiches.

The journalists share fresh data about the beneficiaries of the € 50+ billion annual EU farmsubsidies. They are digging for stories. And they succeed. The most prominent story this day is the one about a Bulgarian minister granting hundreds and hundreds of thousands of Euros in subsidies to his wife and daughter for just that year. Read the rest of this entry »

Slipping through the net

In Archive, Books and reports, Stories on September 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm

In 2009 I analysed the access to information about beneficiaries of EUs fishsubsidies. The subsidies are criticised from various sides, but in large parts of the EU they are hard to access, so decent reporting is difficult.

In spite of the excellent attempt to introduce more openness in the EU by then Commissioner Siim Kallas, transparency did not really improve when it came to fishsubsidies. On the contrary: As data were not held centrally anymore, it was often even more difficult to get them. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgian Knight rejects Danish porn connection

In Archive, Stories on March 1, 2007 at 10:46 am

In 2006-2007 a Belgian colleague, Marleen Teugels, and I followed up on a hint by two Danish colleagues. They had worked on a series about trafficked women in Denmark and stumbled over a high-level Belgian business personality closely connected to a Danish porn cinema. The story was followed up in Belgian news magazine Knack and Danish daily InformationRead the rest of this entry »