Friends of the Earth Netherlands scrutinised

25th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

Dutch Environment Minister may scrap government subsidies paid to Friends of the Earth Netherlands following its release of a controversial research study on tainted lumber.

25 August 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer says she does not rule out scrapping the government subsidies paid to Friends of the Earth Netherlands.

She said she supports government subsidies to environmental organisations unless they disseminate one-sided or incomplete information, or use undemocratic means to conduct the social debate.

The Christian Democratic party recently called on the minister to take a close look at the government's financial support for environmental organisations following controversial research by Friends of the Earth Netherlands into what is known as 'tainted lumber', the production of which contributes to global deforestation.

The chair of the Dutch employers' organisation recently called Friends of the Earth Netherlands a dogmatic, undemocratic action group.

Dutch fishermen, meanwhile, have fiercely criticised Greenpeace, which they branded a criminal organisation. They have refused to talk to the organisation since it dumped rocks off sections of the German and Danish coastline in an attempt to make fishing there impossible.  

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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