Gibraltar: Spain

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the delays to cars and freight vehicles crossing the border between Gibraltar and Spain in June, July and August 2015; and how this compares with those months in 2014.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all the recommendations of the European Commission to facilitate movement across the Gibraltar to Spain border have been implemented by the United Kingdom and the Spanish government.

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According to Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar figures, the maximum delay to vehicle traffic crossing the Gibraltar-Spain border in 2015 were: 90 minutes for June; 105 minutes for July; and 105 minutes for August. In 2014 the figures were 320 minutes for June; 180 minutes for July and 300 minutes for August. While we have started to see an overall downward trend, disproportionate delays remain unacceptable. Working with Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar, we provide regular updates to the European Commission on the flow of traffic at the border. We continue to press the Spanish government to implement the European Commission’s recommendations quickly, in full and in consultation with Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar. The Commission has welcomed the steps taken by Gibraltar in response to their recommendations.

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