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Gibraltar Minister meets EU Fisheries Commissioner over fishing dispute

Wednesday, 16 January 2013
For the second time in a matter of months, a senior member of the Gibraltar Government has been visiting the European Parliament in Strasbourg for meetings. This week it was the turn of Dr John Cortes, the Gibraltar Government’s Minister for Health and the Environment, who met with the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki.

The purpose of the meeting was to brief the Commissioner on the fishing situation in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters and to inform Ms Damanaki of the different avenues being explored to deal with the issues that arise.

The meeting took place at the European Parliament building in Strasbourg and was organised by Sir Graham Watson, the Liberal Democrat MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar.

Dr Cortes reportedly also met with the Conservative MEP for the region Ashley Fox, whose submitted parliamentary question in June 2012 invoked a response by Commissioner Damanaki that the European Commission has ‘no power to interfere in territorial dispute’ between Spain and UK over Gibraltar.

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