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First meetings of the committees created under the memorandums signed by Spain and the UK on Gibraltar
27/02/2020

​The consultative meetings of the three bilateral committees created by the Memorandums of Understanding signed by Spain and the UK on Gibraltar were held yesterday and today in Algeciras in a cordial spirit of collaboration.

 

The meetings made progress on the technical coordination of matters related to practical improvements in police and customs cooperation, with the aim of ensuring a more effective fight on the ground against crime in the zone, including the problem of the illicit trade in tobacco. The schedule for rises in tobacco prices within the framework of the agreements reached has also been reviewed.

With respect to citizens and workers, an analysis was made of the practical measures needed for them to benefit fully from the rights recognised by the Withdrawal Agreement, including the facilities for their correct identification and registration.

The meeting of the Technical and Cooperation Committee created under the memorandum on cooperation on environmental matters, analysed and exchanged information on aspects related to the environment in the zone. 

Los Memorándums firmados el 29 de noviembre de 2018, cuyos efectos se despliegan principalmente en el periodo transitorio, acompañan al Protocolo sobre Gibraltar, anejo al Acuerdo de Retirada del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea.

The committees created under these memorandums are:

• The coordination committee of the memorandum on citizens’ rights
• The joint coordination committee of the memorandum on police and customs cooperation
• The technical and coordination committee of the memorandum on cooperation on environmental matters


Taking part in these meetings on the Spanish side, apart from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, were representatives of the following departments: the Interior; Work and the Social Economy, Inclusion, Social Security and Migration; the Tax Agency; Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge; and Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda; as well as the Government Delegation in Andalusia. Also taking part were representatives from the Regional Government of Andalusia and the President of the Association of Municipalities of Campo de Gibraltar. On the British side, there were representatives from the British Embassy in Madrid, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Gibraltar authorities.

 

 

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