Spain wins Gibraltar's exclusion from Single European Sky

Madrid considers it as illegally occupied by the UK

04 December, 17:30

    A tourist takes a picture with the Rock in the background at Gibraltar's airport A tourist takes a picture with the Rock in the background at Gibraltar's airport

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID - The Spanish government has obtained the exclusion of the airport of Gibraltar, built over land which Madrid considers as illegally occupied by the United Kingdom, from Single European Sky regulations to harmonize air traffic over the skies of Europe, ministerial sources were quoted as saying by local media on Thursday. At the European Council of transport ministers from the 28 member States, which approved yesterday the new Single European sky regulations (Ses2+), Spanish Infrastructure Minister Ana Pastor threatened to exercise her veto right if Gibraltar was included in the legislation to harmonize air traffic, claiming that it was ''a State matter of vital interest for Spain, something that concerns its sovereignty and territorial integrity''.

    The regulation was finally approved with only one vote against by Britain, which opposed Gibraltar's exclusion.

    However, the Italian rotating presidency of the EU presented a solution of compromise with the suspension of the implementation of Ses2+ from Gibraltar's airport until an agreement is reached between Spain and Britain.

    Gibraltar is considered overseas British territory under UK administration but claimed by Spain, which in 1713, with the Utrecht treaty, gave away the city, the castle of the rock, together with the port, defenses and fortresses but not surrounding waters over which Madrid continues to claim its sovereignty, considering the area between the rock and Spanish territory as occupied territory.(ANSAmed).

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