The Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, met with the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, yesterday (23.04.2020) in Algeciras during her visit to the Campo de Gibraltar.
This is the first time in history that a Spanish Foreign Minister has met bilaterally with a Chief Minister of Gibraltar.
The Memoranda of Understanding (“MoUs”), which cover issues on the environment, citizens’ rights, customs and police cooperation and tobacco between Gibraltar and Spain were discussed, as well as building a “future of shared prosperity”.
Reflecting on the meeting, Mr. Picardo said: “We have recorded our deep satisfaction with the progress that has been achieved by the committees established under the MoUs. They have addressed important practical issues and created a climate of confidence between us. The second round of meetings takes place in Gibraltar next week.”
“We have also talked about the many opportunities that Gibraltar and the Campo de Gibraltar can seize from the challenges that Brexit presents to all of us.”
“We agreed that working together we can turn this into a rainbow of opportunities which can turn this region into an arc of prosperity for all of the people who live in and around it.”
“I have committed my government, my team and myself to provide all of our ability, capacity and enthusiasm in the determination to finalise ambitious arrangements that can deliver the future area of shared prosperity which we all want to see.”
Confirming the Foreign Minister’s sentiments, the Chief Minister said: “We want a win-win and together we can deliver it”.
The Spanish Foreign Minister’s Debut Visit to the Campo de Gibraltar
Gonzalez Laya said that her aim was to “to listen, understand and see with my own eyes to be in a better position to negotiate with the UK on Gibraltar issues within the Brexit negotiations”, during a press conference held with the Mayor of La Línea on Wednesday.
During this press conference, Laya called for a “win / win” formula and a “shared prosperity zone … something good for the Campo de Gibraltar and also for Gibraltar within the United Kingdom”.