THE EUROPEAN Commission has launched an investigation into state aid paid by the Italian government to its shellfish producers; it fears they were overcompensated for problems caused by the spread of mucilage in the Adriatic last year.

Rome paid fish farmers Euro 775,000 to cover up to 30 per cent of their losses caused by this natural jelly hindering their operations. However, Brussels claims that it does not have the evidence to show that this payment exceeded the losses suffered. If it concludes that too much money was paid out, it ...

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