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Denmark might have misled EU on state aid to carriers

Shifting Danish governments could have misinformed the EU Commission about the extent of state aid to the country’s carriers. At most, a figure amounting to billions of Danish kroner has not been reported to and approved by the Commission.

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The Danish Ministry for Taxation and the Danish state could have systematically misinformed the EU Commission for years concerning the real scope of state aid to Danish carriers through its so-called DIS program.

Since 1989, carriers have only paid net salaries to seafarers aboard vessels included in the Danish International Ship Register, DIS. The program was adopted by the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) in order to make Danish-flagged ships more competitive, to prevent Danish carriers from out-flagging ships to cheaper and more exotic countries like Singapore, thus maintaining a sizeable Danish trade fleet.

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