Gibraltar: Spain

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the position taken by the government of Spain that Gibraltar should be excluded from the proposed European Union legislation Single European Sky Two+.

Photo of Baroness Kramer Baroness Kramer Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Gibraltar continues to be included in the scope of existing Single European Sky II (SESII) legislation, as it should be under the Treaties of the European Union.

At the Transport Council on 5 December, the Government took a very firm position making it clear to the European Commission and Italian Presidency that Spain’s attempts to exclude Gibraltar airport from the proposed Single European Sky Two+ proposals were unacceptable to the UK and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill walked out of Council to protest this approach.

The Government will continue to oppose Spain’s attempts to exclude Gibraltar airport from future aviation legislation.

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