Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Pensions focus at next Tripartite, says Spanish press report

*Spain could accept ‘350’

Spanish press reports have said that an autumn meeting of the tripartite co-operation process – Gibraltar, Spain and UK – will focus on the Spanish pensions claim.

The reports, which cite Spanish diplomatic sources, come at a time when Jose Carracao, the PSOE senator close to the Spanish Foreign Ministry (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores MAE) and a former Campo Mancomunidad president has publicly stated that he believes that the Spanish Government should also contribute financially to meeting the aspirations of the former Spanish workforce.

Estimates suggest that the cost could be in the 30 million euro mark. Sr Carracao said that Spain should make a symbolic contribution.

Meanwhile Sr Carracao is quoted as saying that one of the problems that remains on airport discussions is the presence or not of Spanish security officials in the airport’s single terminal. He says the problem is the control of non-EU travellers as Spain has Schengen obligations.

Sr Carracao has meanwhile suggested that as part of the negotiations Spain could see its way to accepting the ‘350’ international code for Gibraltar.

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