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EU attempts to calm border row between Gibraltar and Spain
• EU officials have stepped in after expressing ‘concern’ over the delays
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THE European Commission (EC) has offered to act as a mediator in the row over delays at the border between Gibraltar and Spain.
Officials in Brussels have been forced to step in after expressing ‘concern’ over the delays and acknowledging the ‘clear inconvenience’ they are causing.
It comes after Gibraltar’s Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia presented a dossier of information proving the delays were caused by Spanish customs officials.
The evidence included statistical data showing average queuing times and maximum queuing times over the last year, as well as photographs and maps of the area.
“The government is ready to produce further evidence by placing the queue online on a dedicated website,” said Garcia.
“This will happen shortly, and the website address will be publicised as soon as it is ready to go live.
“The Commission has recognised the reality that a problem exists at an EU border.
“This affects the right of EU nationals to freedom of movement.”
However, according to Europa Press, a Commission source claimed the EC had no proof that the Spanish government is being excessive in the application of its customs controls.
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