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European Commission has ‘no indications’ of excessive checks by Spain at Gibraltar border

Sunday, 23 December 2012
The European Commission has revealed that it has ‘no indications’ that Spain is deliberately carrying out undue checks on those crossing the Spain-Gibraltar border for work, which would restrict their right to free movement.

The reply, from European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström, came in response to a parliamentary question (P-010225/2012) tabled in October by South West Conservative MEP Ashley Fox.

She said: “Gibraltar is neither part of the area without internal border controls nor of the customs territory of the European Union. Checks on people and goods are therefore carried out at its border with Spain. Under the Schengen Borders Code, all people entering and exiting the Schengen area, including those enjoying the Union right of free movement, should undergo a minimum check to establish their identities on the basis of the production or presentation of their travel documents. This should normally consist of a rapid and straightforward verification.

While efficient border management should allow for the smooth flow of legitimate trade and movement of people, border checks may involve delays affecting traffic and travellers. The Commission has no indications that Spain is deliberately carrying out undue checks on those crossing the border for work, which would restrict their right to free movement.

The Governnent at Gibraltar recently installed a webcam at the border so that visitors to the website could monitor the current state of traffic flow and warmly welcomed an offer from the European Commission to facilitate technical talks between Gibraltar, Spain and the UK on the practical operation and resolution of lengthy delays frequently experienced at the border with Spain.

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