"The mission – as agreed on August 19 – will visit the border between Spain and Gibraltar on 25 September to assess the border controls, free movement of people and goods, including fraud and smuggling", a Commission spokesman said today a statement.
"It was also agreed that the complaints made by Spain regarding the dumping of concrete blocks and the re-sanding in the context of the Eastside project will be dealt with in parallel and with the necessary thoroughness by the European Commission."
The Foreign Office said on Tuesday night it welcomed the mission and said: “We welcome this confirmation that a monitoring mission will be sent. We stand ready to offer all necessary support to ensure that the mission can conduct its investigation successfully.”
.@EU_Commission mission will be at Spain-Gibraltar border on 25 Sept, to check border, free movement of people/goods, including smuggling— Olivier Bailly (@ECspokesOlivier) September 17, 2013
Last week, the European Commission President vowed to take action if the inspection team found evidence to suggest EU rights had been breached. During an online Q+A session hosted by Euronews in response to a Gibraltarian Tony Evans, Mr Barroso said (click for video): “We have to do (this inspection) in an objective, impartial, independent manner. And afterwards of course, if there is a violation of any of the freedoms, we will not hesitate to act because we have to be sure that European law is respected.”