Chief Minister Fabian Picardo
has hailed a moment of “great pride for the people of Gibraltar
” after revealing that for the first time in its modern history, the Rock is completely up to date with EU directives and has written into local legislation every directive that Gibraltar is required to implement.
In its analysis, the Gibraltar Chronicle notes
this is significant “because it signals Gibraltar’s commitment to serious governance and compliance with international legislation. In political terms, it scuttles the arguments of critics in Spain who routinely accuse Gibraltar of failing to comply with its legal obligations.
The Chronicle’s report
includes quotes from the Chief Minister at the press conference on Thursday. He said: “This moment should be one of great pride for the people of Gibraltar. To be ahead of most of the large countries of the EU in our transposition of our EU obligations really gives us a moral authority in Europe which we haven’t had before.
“It may be that we are not able to exploit it as much as we’d like to [and] it may that the EU continues to disappoint us in many ways. But we can stand up and say that Gibraltar does its bit. We comply with our obligations and let nobody pretend otherwise because if they do, we can back up with facts that the opposite is true.”