The Bunkering interests of Minister Arias Cañete in the UK overseas territory of Gibraltar

After some ambiental issues (Large areas of land were burnt in several arsons that the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment could not hold for lack of resources due to budget cuts) Spanish Minister for Agriculture Miguel Arias Cañete is again at the centre of controversy after the reports that his family is linked to the Gibraltar Rock’s bunkering business.

Canete and his work colleague, Mary Pains from Cospedal

The matter has drawn political attention after Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Margallo’s remarks last week that “the Spanish Government would regulate bunkering activities and implement other environmental protection measures in its EU approved nature protection (SCI) site in local waters“, itself the subject of a diplomatic row and legal challenge by Britain and Gibraltar in Europe.

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