Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo has announced plans to close the Cervantes Institute in Gibraltar, reportedly saying it did not make sense to have a centre promoting Spanish language and culture in what is considered a ‘Spanish territory’.
Police in Gibraltar have arrested a 60-year-old man who allegedly abducted and sexually abused an 11-year-old girl in La Linea de La Concepción several weeks ago.
Gibraltar has reportedly published the contents of a letter sent by the European Commission to Spain relating to an inspection of traffic problems in the border area between the two countries.
The annual August tourist influx has led to queues of up to four hours for people leaving Gibraltar as the Spanish authorities increase controls in what they claim is an attempt to combat the smuggling of tobacco and other items.
A technical mission consisting of seven officials from the EU is visiting Gibraltar today to see if both sides have complied with their recommendations to ease tensions at the border crossing.
According to a report by the Andalucía, Ceuta and Melilla State Tax Agency, around 40% of contraband tobacco seized in Spain comes into Andalucia and originates from Gibraltar.
An explosion and fire at a generator at Waterport Power Station on Gibraltar left most residents without power for several hours and caused disruption to an important part of the Rock’s economy, online gambling.
The political niggling continues as the UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller taunted Spain by hailing a ‘historic’ football match played between Gibraltar and Slovakia last week after the team from The Rock were accepted by European football’s governing body Uefa.
Gibraltar is due to receive its first ship laden with aggregates during Wednesday, 2,500 tons of stones destined for landfill operations on the east side of The Rock.
The European Commission is set to open an investigation into Gibraltar’s corporate tax system, introduced in 2010, citing “serious concerns” about the possibility that it could provide unwarranted benefits to companies that have no physical presence on the British territory.