A SCATHING letter sent to the Spanish government by the European Commission has lambasted the country’s ‘unjustified’ actions at the Spain-Gibraltar border.
Madrid has been set a deadline of next summer to complete works at the frontier, following EU inspections in July which witnessed ‘deliberate delaying tactics’ at the border.
The Gibraltarian government has reiterated its plea for a permanent EU presence to monitor the situation, following the announcement.
A spokesperson for the Gibraltar government said: “The irony is that thousands of Spanish workers have also been inflicted by these lengthy and unnecessary delays.
“Cross-border trade between Gibraltar and the Spanish hinterland has been damaged by the actions of the Spanish central Government and the quality of life of thousands of ordinary people has been disrupted.”
“The Gibraltar Government considers that the border should become a shining example of the European principle of freedom of movement.”
The European Commission has also ordered the Spanish government to reduce vehicle checks at the border so that they never exceed 50% of passing traffic.
To reduce or abolish checks altogether when exiting Spain and entering Gibraltar and to report to the commission on a monthly basis.