The Daily Mail reports: “Britain has demanded Brussels launch surprise inspections in Gibraltar of Spanish border checks in a fresh escalation of tensions between London and Madrid. Ministers want the European Commission to make unannounced visits to assess the legality of border checks which have been blamed for long queues to enter and leave the Rock. The row has been simmering since last summer when Spain suggested a £43.50 fee could be imposed on anyone wanting to cross the border with the British territory. Visitor numbers to Gibraltar have fallen as a result of the hold-ups, which Madrid argues are needed to prevent smuggling across the border.”
Your Gib TV reports: “Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, have met with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of The White House - which houses a majority of offices for White House staff. The CEQ are President Obama's principal policy advisers on environmental issues and initiatives. The Gibraltar delegation met with the Deputy Chief of Staff and the Associate Director for Climate Change.”
The Diplomat in Spain reports: “The Spanish Government reiterated on Monday at the United Nations the “urgent need to put an end to [Gibraltar’s] colonial state”. It did so before the Special Committee on Decolonization (C24), where, every year, Spain lays out its reasons for recovering sovereignty over the British colony. The Spanish representative, the diplomat Javier Gutiérrez, underscored on this occasion that the tensions and provocations of the Gibraltarian Authorities have increased in recent months as a consequence of “unilateral acts”. He mentioned, specifically, the harassment of Spanish fishermen who work in the waters off the coast of Gibraltar.”
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo also addressed the UN Special Committee on Decolonization in New York. He argued that the C24 should support Gibraltar because “that is what you are created to do – or tell us why you won’t without pretending that you can’t,” reports GBC.
IGamingBusiness reports: “The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) has written to the UK government and Gambling Commission to declare its intention to challenge the new Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014.The GBGA has argued that the new law is unnecessary and will open up the UK market to operators based anywhere in the world – some of whom will not obtain a licence.” Read more on this issue from Peter Howitt, President of the GBGA, writing for the NS here:
Vox reports: “Gibraltar has been included as a port of call in the 2015 schedule of American cruise company Grand Circle Cruise Line, which will be introducing a new small ship tour named ‘Classic Cities & Moorish Traditions of Iberia & Morocco’. The ten-day itinerary on board the 98 passenger all-suite Corinthian, comprises Lisbon, Portimao, Casablanca, Tangier, Gibraltar and Sevilla. The Rock’s inclusion in the programme came about thanks to the efforts of ship agents MH Bland in close consultation with the Minister for Tourism and the Gibraltar Tourist Board.”