Tuesday, September 06, 2005

GGR questions Government policy on residence rights of British UK residents in Gibraltar

The GGR (Gib Gay Rights) has written to Chief Minister Peter Caruana seeking information as to the fairness of the allocation of housing opportunities in Gibraltar.

Sue Haywood, Executive member responsible for community issues said yesterday that the provisions in EC law are clear – EU citizens have the right to move freely within the internal market.

“This includes rights to residence without hindrance, as well as other secondary rights. We have received a number of complaints from British citizens working and otherwise established in Gibraltar who feel their EC rights are not being granted not only within the letter but also within the spirit of EC law,” Ms Haywood said.

The GGR argue that “whilst there may be rational and possibly even acceptable grounds for Gibraltar to be treated as an exception within the EC scheme of things, it is not acceptable that this situation should lead to a deprivation of rights without a clear legal basis.”

They have asked the Chief Minister to advise them on the matter. GGR has questioned Government policy on the residence rights of British UK residents in Gibraltar.

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