GIBRALTAR’S controversial artificial reef does not break EU rules.
That is the finding of the EU Commission’s Directorate-General on Environment, which was unable to identify any breach of EU environmental legislation in respect of bunkering activities, the Eastside or Sovereign Bay project and, in particular, the Artificial Reef System.
Spain had complained that the projects damaged the environment, and the artificial reef had come in for particular criticism from Madrid.
Following the Commission’s decision, Gibraltar UKIP MEP Julia Reid said she was ‘delighted’ with the decision and called out Rajoy for acting so poorly towards the Rock.
In reply, the Spanish PM described the statement as no more than a ‘letter,’ not worthy of any legal action.
As a result of the findings, Gibraltar may now wish to pursue the return of the concrete block stolen from the reef earlier this year, which is said to be valued at £2,000 and is reportedly in the possession of the Guardia Civil.
Also earlier in the year, film emerged of Guardia Civil divers checking the reef, an action that prompted outrage on the Rock.