Feb 04 Government puts out Upper Town properties for refurbishment

Gibraltar HousingAs part of HM Government of Gibraltar’s plans for urban renewal and regeneration in the Upper Town, tenders have today been invited for the redevelopment of various pre-war properties in the area.

This initiative is consistent with the government’s wish to attract more people to live in the Upper Town and it follows other similar tender proposals including one for the old Police Barracks.

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Feb 01 PDP - Territorial Waters Incursions

PDP GibraltarThe PDP notes with regret, that despite strongly worded protest from the Government and the Governor which translate into foreign office diplomatic protests, incursions into our sovereign waters persist and are escalating.

More alarming, matters have now escalated to a level that commercial activity has now been the subject of interruption in yesterday’s incursion. The PDP urges the Government not to underestimate the significance of this development. It marks a threat to one of Gibraltar’s economic pillars, namely port activity, bunkering and other related sea going business.

In a recent Viewpoint programme in which the PDP leader Nick Cruz, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and GSD leader Peter Caruana took part, Mr Cruz predicted that if the issue was not nipped in the bud by the Government this development was likely to follow. All three leaders agreed that under our constitution the Governor was responsible for defence and the RGP for policing British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

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Feb 01 TIEA Signing with Poland

TIEA Signing with PolandGilbert Licudi QC, Minister with responsibility for Financial Services has signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with the Republic of Poland. The signing took place in London at the Polish Embassy and the Republic of Poland was represented by Mr Witold Sobkow, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland in the United Kingdom. Mr Sobkow was, inter alia, previously Poland’s Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland.

Following the signing, Gilbert Licudi and the Ambassador took the opportunity of discussing economic and commercial matters of mutual interest. Mr Licudi also took the opportunity to comment that “The timing of the signature coincided this year with the 70th anniversary of General Sikorski’s untimely death in Gibraltar.”

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Jan 31 - The Governor on this Morning's Incursions

Guardia Civil IncursionsHis Excellency The Governor is aware of the recent unlawful incursions, including this morning, by Spanish Guardia Civil vessel Rio Cedena.   The Guardia Civil today attempted to exercise jurisdiction over a working vessel inside BGTW.  This follows Tuesday’s unlawful attempt by the Guardia Civil to exercise jurisdiction over a pleasure boat in BGTW.

The Governor said:
‘These continuing actions by Spain are a matter of deep concern.  The recent increased level of unlawful incursions into BGTW by the Guardia Civil is an unwelcome and unacceptable escalation of what is already a difficult situation.  The recent petition I received was a potent reflection of the depth of feeling in Gibraltar. 

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Jan 31 - DOG Sovereignty Press Release

Defenders Of Gibraltar"In November of 2012, the Defenders of Gibraltar collected almost 10,000 signatures aimed at urging the Governor (as the British Crowns representative in our homeland) to act in maintaining the integrity of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. Since the petition was handed over to the Governor (who in turn personally handed said petition directly to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office), we have seen a small increase in the presence of Royal Navy Vessels in and around our waters. These naval visits usually consist of a 24-hour stay and a full patrol of our territorial waters. During these visits, the Spanish Paramilitary and Customs vessels tend to refrain from illegally entering our territorial waters (however this is the exception rather than the rule). However due to the brevity of these visits, they have had no lasting or worthwhile impact on the situation in our waters.

There will always come a time when an individual or society stands up and states ‘enough is enough’. The Gibraltarian people are and indeed always have been patient in the face of the Spanish Governments threats, belligerence, harassment and extreme scrutiny of our day-to-day affairs and aspirations as a people. Indeed on numerous occasions we have espoused that as an organization, the Defenders of Gibraltar will apply the right pressure, at the right time and with the right amount of force necessary.

As a matter of fact, this is what the role of the petition was; to apply the right amount of pressure at the right time.

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