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Gibraltar hosts exhibition in Brussels to mark 300 years of the Treaty of Utrecht

Friday, 21 June 2013
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The Government of Gibraltar has this week marked the 300th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht in which the Kingdom of Spain ceded Gibraltar to the Crown of Great Britain with an exhibition at the European Parliament in Brussels. 2013 also marks the 40th anniversary of Gibraltar’s entry into the European Economic Community, as it was then, on the 1st of January 1973.

The exhibition space was booked and arranged by the South West Conservative MEP for Gibraltar Ashley Fox, and was visited by a number of MEPs as well as Gibraltar’s Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia who was again in Brussels for meetings with EU officials and MEPs on a number of issues that affect Gibraltar in Europe including online gaming, taxation, aviation, environmental and maritime matters.

While in Brussels, Dr Garcia also spoke at a conference organised by the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies on the invitation of Liberal Democrat Gibraltar MEP Sir Graham Watson on the subject of "Maritime Security for Blue Growth".

Speaking after the visit, Dr Garcia said: "Many people have told me this is the one of the most eye-catching exhibitions to have been held in the Parliament. The Government is very grateful to Sir Graham Watson MEP, who also arranged the programme for the visit, and to Ashley Fox MEP, who hosted the stand, for their kind assistance".

The 'S' shaped exhibition stand focusing on Gibraltar’s history, its people, commerce and its relationship with Europe, was constructed on the first floor balcony area of the main European Parliament building in Brussels beside two committee rooms, but was not located on a frequent thoroughfare.

Photos of the exhibition taken during my own visit to the stand can be found in the following set on Flickr.

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BIG NEWS: at the third attempt, Bristol is named European Green Capital for 2015!

Monday, 17 June 2013
It was indeed third time lucky – Bristol has today been named the European Green Capital for 2015. The city will now prepare for taking on the mantle after the announcement in the French city of Nantes.

L-R: Gus Hoyt, Liz Zeidler, Stacy Yelland, Stephen Hilton, Graham Watson, Savita Custead and Darren Hall celebrate the announcement (thisisbristol.co.uk)Following the city's unsuccessful bid last year, when the award went to Copenhagen, Bristol once again demonstrated its commitment to ecological improvement and sustainable development by applying for the title of 'Green Capital', this time resulting in a well-deserved victory.

As the winner of the prize, Bristol has been recognised for its acclaimed record of environmental progress in areas such as waste management, local transport and energy performance.

The team who presented the city's case to the European panel last month included Bristol's Mayor George Ferguson and the Liberal Democrats' South-West MEP Sir Graham Watson, along with others determined to promote Bristol's impressive green credentials.

Awarding the prize, the European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said: "Congratulations to Bristol for the example they are setting. We have much to learn from these efforts to improve the environment and quality of life for citizens, whilst creating new business opportunities, and I look forward to their year as European Green Capital. They will have numerous occasions to showcase their expertise and their creative approach to engaging with citizens and to developing a green economy."

Commenting on the news, Sir Graham said: "It is wonderful news to hear that Bristol has finally become 'European Green Capital' for 2015."

"This award gives the City's people much to be proud of and comes as a boost to the start of Big Green Week in the city, 15-23rd June."

"Not only will the announcement bring investment and jobs to Bristol and help to enhance the city's environmental standards of the future, Bristol will now appear on the European stage for championing green innovation and inspiring green initiatives elsewhere."

Prior to the announcement Bristol's Mayor George Ferguson vowed he would swap his signature Red trousers for Green ones should the city win and I’m pleased to say he has kept his promise:

Congratulations Bristol and to all those concerned – a fantastic achievement!

Update: 18/06/2013
The Jury report and conclusions on Bristol's bid as well as the other cities shortlist has now been published and can be downloaded by clicking here.

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