Gibraltar & the Campo de Gibraltar: “Possibilities of dialogue in a post Brexit scenario”, Seminar held at the University of Gibraltar.
The Mayor of La Linea, Juan Franco, participated in a round table discussion entitlted “Gibraltar and the Campo de Gibraltar and the possibilities of dialogue in a post Brexit scenario”, which was held at the University of Gibraltar as part of the Summer Courses of the University of Cadiz in San Roque.
The discussion was moderated by the Mayor of San Roque, Juan Carlos Ruiz Boix. Also taking part were Juan Carmona, a member of the Cross Frontier Group; John Isola of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce; Frederick Martin of the union UNITE; Inmaculada González García, Professor of International Law at the University of Cadiz; Daniel Feetham, Gibraltarian lawyer and parliamentarian, and the PSOE MP for Cadiz, Salvador de la Encina.
Following a welcome address by the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, Juan Franco opened the discussion by expressing concern at the lack of information on possible actions to alleviate the consequences of the departure of the United Kingdom from the Union European Union.
One key aspect that emanated from the seminar was that the Cross Frontier Group is now ready to push ahead with its plans to create a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), an initiative that had been stalled for some time.
Juan Carmona informed those present at the seminar in the University of Gibraltar that the group had agreed that the EGTC would be led by business and not political interests.
The EGTC is an EU structure designed to foster – and fund – projects that generate cross-border cooperation and economic activity bringing together all interested parties.
“As such the proposed structure will give the leading role within the EGTC to the Chambers of Commerce on either side of the border”, Sr Carmona told B2B.
He added that the Cross Frontier Group would begin to draft the technical documents needed to establish the EGTC in September “and we hope to be able to present it to both governments by the end of the year”.
“This is a post-Brexit bridge which we are building, while both sides are still within the EU and which can continue post Brexit as with other EGTCs elsewhere in the EU between member and non member sates,” he said.