La Treizième Étoile: 18/08/13 - 25/08/13 Blog Archives
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Government of Gibraltar unveil new complaints procedure for border queues

Tuesday, 20 August 2013
The Government of Gibraltar has announced a new complaints procedure operational from Thursday (22nd) for everyone who has been caught up in a queue at the border.

The information provided by this procedure will allow the Gibraltar Government to provide more accurate statistics to the European Commission and, if necessary, to prepare a court case. This procedure is open to people of any nationality who have suffered from the delays.

The latest increase in delays at the border have come about after the Spanish protested to the British Government after the Gibraltarian Government created a reef in waters just off the coast in a bid to protect the local fish stocks. The Spanish argue the man-made reef compromises the ability of their fishermen to make a living and as a result have toughened checks on the border which has slowed traffic.

From 22 August, complaint forms will be available from the Government of Gibraltar’s website which should to be completed and sent to the Complaints Help Desk at the Gibraltar International Airport. Complainants will be required to provide their name, their address, their nationality and ID card or passport number. The form is available in English, French and Spanish, and may also be emailed.

Locals have 'no hope' of resolution says Gibraltar MEP trolled for boycott Spain calls

Monday, 19 August 2013
Conservative Gibraltar MEP Julie Girling, who is currently visiting the Rock, has this evening said in an interview with ITV News that locals had "no hope that things are going to get better soon."

Since I’ve been in Gibraltar, I’ve picked up from local people and local authorities that no, there’s no hope that things will get better soon. Spain are insisting on pursuing their claims; they have made it extremely difficult for people to cross the border […] I’m told that the border guards on the Spanish side get their messages by text and they are told when to hold up and when not to hold up - entirely pre-meditated to cause the maximum the disruption here in Gibraltar," she said.

Following her call earlier this month for British holidaymakers to boycott their summer holidays in Spain and either take a staycation in the UK or visit another part of Europe as a means of protest, Mrs Girling admitted that Spanish social media users had been using Twitter to insult her "personal experience, my private life, my health" but that she would not give up fighting for the Gibraltarians.

"It may be that to be trolled goes with the job. However, the Spanish Twitter trolls aren't doing their argument any favours by trolling me,she said. "Their abuse shows they have no argument as they can only resort to the lowest form of language.

"The people of Gibraltar need our support. They will not be bullied by the Spanish Government or by a minority of the Spanish people. Neither will I."


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