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UK will insist Gibraltar be included in all EU aviation legislation

Thursday, November 28th 2013 - 21:03 UTC
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“We stand by the commitments we made under the Cordoba Agreement, including on Aviation”, said Minister Lidington “We stand by the commitments we made under the Cordoba Agreement, including on Aviation”, said Minister Lidington

The British Government will refuse to accept a return to the pre-2006 Cordoba Agreement practice of excluding the Gibraltar airport from EU aviation measures, Minister for Europe David Lidington told Parliament and pledged the inclusion of Gibraltar in all EU aviation legislation.

 The Minister was asked by Northern Irish Unionist politician, Nigel Dodds what assessment he had made of the 2006 Cordoba Agreement and the commitment of each of the signatures to fulfill their commitments.

The question relates to Spanish efforts earlier this year to have Gibraltar excluded from an EU aviation measure regarding the rules for compensation to air travelers. This was a move clearly at odds with Madrid’s commitments under the Cordoba accord.

“The 2006 Cordoba Agreement was a positive step forward in improving relations between the Governments of the United Kingdom, Gibraltar and Spain in respect of Gibraltar,” Mr Lidington said.

“We stand by the commitments we made under the Cordoba Agreement, including on Aviation, which is the key aspect of the agreement which Spain is now seeking to resile from.”

He added that the issue has been raised with the Spanish Government and the European Commission and that the British Government continues to seek a “mutually acceptable solution.”

In related news the reiterated before the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial council, as in the 2012 communiqué, to work together with OTs to encourage, as appropriate, international sporting associations to recognize the Territories.

“We are pleased that the Gibraltar Football Association has now been admitted as a full member of the Union of European Football Associations, which means that Gibraltar and its club teams can now play in tournaments organized by UEFA. DCMS and FCO will continue to consider all requests for support from Overseas Territories wishing to join international sports federations, managing them as appropriate on a case-by-case basis”.

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  • The Truth PaTroll

    Ironic the British accusing an EU nation from “resiling” from EU-treaties, when they as an entire government are resiling from EUROPE in its entirety.

    If it was not real life such level of pecksniffian duplicity could not be fitting for a script in a fiction movie it is so fantastical.

    Given the UK will most likely NOT stay in EU accords anyway in the future, there is no need for Spain to give in, since the UK has no leverage anyhow given their atomically powered flakiness..

    Tough luck I guess

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 09:34 pm 0
  • Britworker

    I think you will find that 55 million a day is pretty good leverage. We are being nice at the moment, its nice to be nice and the British are overall a very tolerant bunch.
    There has been the odd occasion in history when the odd country has pushed our tolerance to tipping point and then afterwards severely regretted it. There are plenty of examples if you want to check your history books, hispanic speakers have featured regularly.

    Some people never learn I guess.

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 09:56 pm 0
  • The Truth PaTroll

    My history books tell of three pathetic attempts at getting in the business of 'hispanic' speakers (anyone here speak Hispanic?) around the River plate / Parana area, thinking it would be easy pickings, and gettting bloody trounced... vs one attempt at getting some islands in which more of your ships volunteered for coral building than since WWII, though I'll admit on that one you did us otherwise pretty good.

    Ironic that after 1845 you never tried again to “engage” us, and you decided it was better to try your tyrannical chances in Africa.

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 10:08 pm 0
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