The Acting Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia met with His Excellency the Ambassador of Finland to the United Kingdom Pekka Huhtaniemi yesterday afternoon.
The Government notes that the text of the annual Consensus Decision between the United Kingdom and Spain is being distorted by the Spanish Government and sectors of the Spanish media.
Gibraltar has been given a ‘clean bill of health’ on a number of EU matters that were put to the European Commission recently. Gibraltar MEP Sir Graham Watson has told the Government that there are no infringement proceedings against the United Kingdom concerning the non-transposition of Directives on financial services in Gibraltar. The Commission added that there are no Directives on exchange of information or mutual assistance on tax matters outstanding for transposition in Gibraltar.
Following a week of unpredictable pedestrian queues for those exiting Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Government has sent a complaint to the European Commission. Extensive queues have formed as a result of stringent and ‘disproportionate checks being conducted by the Spanish authorities on pedestrians entering Spain’.
The government has claimed that the checks conducted by Spanish authorities on motorists over the past few months has resulted in cross frontier workers parking their vehicles on the Spanish side of the frontier and entering Gibraltar on foot. They claim that this has led to an increase in pedestrian traffic.
The following is a written Ministerial Statement issued by the Minister for Europe, David Lidington:
On Wednesday 30 October an incident occurred in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW) involving dangerous manoeuvring by a Spanish Guardia Civil boat. Following media reporting of the incident, this statement sets out the facts and the Government’s response.