EC to Send Monitoring Team to Gibraltar
The European Commission will send a team of observers to Gibraltar, a British territory, in an effort to end a dispute between the United Kingdom and Spain.
Details about the mission remain to be resolved, but its purpose would be to consider what the Commission described as “the border control / movement of people and goods questions”.
EC President Jose Manuel Barroso and the President of the Spanish Government Mariano Rajoy spoke on the telephone Monday on the Gibraltar issue.
They agreed that a Commission fact finding mission should "as soon as possible" examine in loco the aforementioned questions.
Barroso expressed his hope that Spain and the UK will address these matters in a way that is in line with their common membership in the EU.
The EU's intervention follows a call made to Barroso on Friday (16 August) by the British prime minister, David Cameron, asking the Commission to assess whether tightened border checks introduced by Spain violated EU rules on free movement, the European Voice reminds.