The Government of Gibraltar has this week marked the 300th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht
in which the Kingdom of Spain ceded Gibraltar to the Crown of Great Britain with an exhibition at the European Parliament in Brussels. 2013 also marks the 40th anniversary of Gibraltar’s entry into the European Economic Community, as it was then, on the 1st of January 1973.
The exhibition space was booked and arranged by the South West Conservative MEP for Gibraltar Ashley Fox
, and was visited by a number of MEPs as well as Gibraltar’s Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia who was again in Brussels for meetings with EU officials and MEPs
on a number of issues that affect Gibraltar in Europe including online gaming, taxation, aviation, environmental and maritime matters.
While in Brussels, Dr Garcia also spoke at a conference organised by the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies on the invitation of Liberal Democrat Gibraltar MEP Sir Graham Watson
on the subject of "Maritime Security for Blue Growth"
Speaking after the visit, Dr Garcia said: "Many people have told me this is the one of the most eye-catching exhibitions to have been held in the Parliament. The Government is very grateful to Sir Graham Watson MEP, who also arranged the programme for the visit, and to Ashley Fox MEP, who hosted the stand, for their kind assistance".
The 'S' shaped exhibition stand focusing on Gibraltar’s history, its people, commerce and its relationship with Europe, was constructed on the first floor balcony area of the main European Parliament building in Brussels beside two committee rooms, but was not located on a frequent thoroughfare.
Photos of the exhibition taken during my own visit to the stand can be found in the following set on Flickr
Labels: Ashley Fox, Graham Watson