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Portugal wins the 2018 European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards.

oilrig2Thanks for your vote in the 2018 European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards. (HERE

The awards, organised by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, expose financial support for dirty energy in countries across Europe.  It's time to announce the winners of the public vote!
 

The Gold prize goes to Portugal for handing out a licence to national gas and oil companies for drilling in the deep sea in the Southern province of Alentejo, a protected biodiversity area and a tourism hotspot. This subsidy was nominated by ZERO.

Poland scoops the Silver award for the “capacity mechanism”, a subsidy aimed at keeping coal power plants online, nominated by Greenpeace Poland.

Spain takes Bronze for subsidising coal in the sunkissed Balearic islands, blocking the development of electricity generation from solar energy. This subsidy was nominated by GOB Mallorca and IIDMA.

The five runners up received a Badge of Dis-Honour, and CAN Europe awarded the European Union a special prize for its support  to gas infrastructure.
 
Watch a video announcement of the winners, share our tweet and facebook post, and spread the news using #FossilFuelSubsidiesAwards.

You can read more about each of the nominated subsidies and the campaigns behind them on the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards Website. Read more about Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe's work on phasing out fossil fuel subsidies via our website.

Climate Network Europe (CAN Europe)

Francisco Ferreira from ZERO said that It is unacceptable that the Government continues to favour the access of oil companies, both domestic and foreign, in ​​maritime conservation areas that should ber being preserved.