Another MEP has submitted a Parliamentary question to the European Commission to try and extract a clear statement regarding the situation of marine conservation around Gibraltar. This time, it is the turn of British Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies
, a member of the Parliament’s Fisheries committee (PECH), who has asked the European Commission to state who it believes has legal responsibility for the waters around the Rock.
In his Parliamentary question (E-001631/2013
), Mr Davies asked the Commission which country or countries were legally responsible for the supervision and control of fishing in the area “up to 5km from and around the coast of Gibraltar”? (That area roughly corresponds to the territorial waters claimed by Britain) Which country or countries were legally responsible for activities affecting the seabed? And what EU protected nature sites were located in this area and who was responsible for their management and protection?
It should take a few weeks for an answer to be received from the Commission.
Previously, in June 2012, the European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said both the United Kingdom and Spain must cooperate in their management of EU protected sites around the disputed Rock of Gibraltar
and the governments should have informed each other about their intentions before designating nature sites in disputed territory and added that both sides had legal obligations to protect the designated site of specific cultural interest (SCI).