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EU demands Gibraltar comply with 2009 directive on defence and procurement contracts

Saturday, 28 April 2012
European Commission has threatened Britain with legal proceedings if it doesn’t fully comply with agreed standards set for tenders of defence contracts and immediately close a loophole being exploited by weapons procurement firms located on the Rock of Gibraltar.

The EU-wide rules – agreed and published in the EU Official Journal in July 2009 – are designed to increase transparency and competition in the arms, munitions and security industries while also regulating public contracts for the purchase of arms, ammunition, military equipment and related services throughout Europe.

These rules are tailored to the specificities of defence and security equipment and markets,” reads a notice transmitted today by the European Commission. “The deadline for implementing the rules in question was 20 August 2011. The United Kingdom has not yet transposed the Directive’s provisions with regard to Gibraltar, which means that the measures do not cover its full territory.

If the UK authorities do not implement it within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the European Courts of Justice and may request to impose financial penalties,” it continues.

The clampdown would affect firms based in Gibraltar, which include one that builds armoured troop carriers used in Afghanistan and one that recently landed a lucrative contract with the US government to supply anti-drug trafficking vehicles.

Seven Days - a week in the life of SW Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson

Thursday, 26 April 2012
Continuing their series of asking MEPs to produce a diary feature presenting one week of their parliamentary lives, Public Service Europe have this week published an entry from our Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson.

It soon becomes very clear that the man is busy: his seven days (Monday 9th - Sunday 15th April) sees him visit Gibraltar, celebrate Bristol's inclusion in the shortlist for the EU's green capital 2014, take some constituents for a meeting with the European Commission, fly to Prague for a series of meetings, and even find time for a Chinese lesson before concluding the week back in the South West.

Click here to read the piece over at

Seven Days - a week in the life of SW Tory MEP Giles Chichester (09/12/11)


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