Thursday, May 05, 2005

‘Commission declines moratorium on Spanish Pensions for UK’

Juárez holds talks in Brussels * Community Care payments again under the spotlight

The European Commission will not give Britain a moratorium on the Spanish pensions issue, according to La Línea mayor Juan Carlos Juárez.

Speaking from Brussels yesterday, Sr Juárez said confirmation of this fact had been provided to him during a meeting with the Commission’s Director General for Employment and Social Affairs Jerome Vignon.

Also present at the meeting was La Linea councillor and pensions expert Alejandro Sánchez. Sr Juárez said:

“The ultimatum extended to Britain by the European Commission in March expires in a fortnight.

The deadline referred to the need to modify current legislation on Gibraltar’s social assistance payments considered discriminatory to Spanish workers, because of the residency requirement.

That the European Commission should now state that there will be no moratorium ensures that the process is now irreversible."


Sr Juárez will be meeting the Spanish pensioners association (ALPEG) and the association of current Spanish workers (ASCTEG) during the course of the week to inform them of the contents and outcome of the talks with the European Commission in Brussels.

He added that it was a good thing that the Spanish pensions issue and the problems faced by the current Spanish labour force in Gibraltar, had now been transferred to the business of the European Commission. He further described this as “an achievement.”

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