Thursday, 3rd December 2015

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Cross-Frontier Group highlights ‘stability and trust’ as key to cooperation

by Brian Reyes

Cross-border cooperation must be “shielded from politics” in order to gain the trust of citizens and the business community in Gibraltar and Spain, the Cross-Frontier Group said yesterday.

The group, which brings together unions and business organisations from both sides of the border, is pushing ahead with plans to set up a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation [EGTC] as a means of promoting transnational cooperation and economic opportunities.

It believes the EGTC, an EU framework established to foster cross-frontier cooperation between public entities, could provide the necessary space for long term initiatives to prosper between Gibraltar and communities in the Campo de Gibraltar.

Juan Carmona, a former socialist mayor of La Linea, said the Cross-Frontier Group had strived to stay apolitical from its inception in January 2014 at the height of the border delays. 

“It’s always been one step forward, two steps back when it comes to cross-border relations,” he said.

“For us, the question was how to fence off initiatives from the impact of politics.” 


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