Thursday, September 29, 2005

Date for Tripartite Talks confirmed

The next round of Tripartite Talks will be held on October 10th and 11th at an as yet undisclosed location in Spain, official sources have confirmed.

Gibraltar’s delegation will be led by Chief Minister Peter Caruana while Britain and Spain will be represented by Director for Europe Dominick Chilcott and his Spanish counterpart Jose Pons.

It had been speculated that this meeting would be a fully blown three-way ministerial meeting and that an airport agreement would be announced. However there are still issues to be resolved that require further discussion and no British or Spanish minister will be attending. A breakthrough on the airport at this point is therefore unlikely. A full ministerial meeting is on the cards for some time in November.

For its part in a brief statement the Gibraltar Government said that “the formal announcement of venue and other details for the next meeting of the trilateral forum envisaged for mid October will be made by the Spanish Government, as hosts.” However it did confirm that a meeting of the Pensions Technical Group between delegations of the UK, Spanish and Gibraltar Governments will take place in the UK today.

“This Technical Working Group, is established between the three governments under the Trilateral Forum. The Gibraltar delegation comprises of Chief Secretary Ernest Montado, and Director of Social Security, Mario Gomila.”

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