GSD seeks clarification on Verdemar meeting
GSD Opposition calls on the Minister for the Environment to provide details of discussions held with Verdemar.
The GSD Opposition notes that Dr Cortes met with the Campo environmental pressure group Verdemar on 13th November 2012, as confirmed in the Governments own press release 756 of 2012, where the Minister explained that the meeting was very positive and that there was a discussion which included wide-ranging topics..
The GSD however, further notes that the only detail of what these wide-ranging topics were, is found in an article in the Spanish Newspaper, La Razon, which claims that Minister Cortes assured Verdemar that there would be no fuel bunkering on the Eastside, that vessels will only be allowed to anchor in the area at a distance of 1.5 miles from shore, with an exclusion zone around the artificial reef of 150 metres and that there will be no further reclamation on the Eastside. Importantly, the article then goes on to say that Minister Cortes guaranteed the delivery of their manifesto commitment to end offshore bunkering, even though the manifesto only promises that the Government will examine the possibilities for it.
The Opposition considers that any such assurances that there will be no further reclamation on the Eastside, affects Gibraltar’s potential economic development in future. Such statements and assurances should not be made or given in Spain but should be made here in Gibraltar where the Minister is accountable.
If these reports are accurate, the Opposition reminds the Minister that he is accountable only in Gibraltar and that he would do well to reign in his enthusiasm for the environmental agenda if that enthusiasm represents unchecked ambition to drive the agenda forward, whatever the social, economic or political dangers he may expose Gibraltar to in so doing.
We are giving the Minister the benefit of the doubt but he should make an immediate statement clarifying exactly what was said and what assurances he gave. Its one thing to meet with environmental NGOs and make a general statement of intent about his policy on the environment. It is quite another to make specific commitments to foreign pressure groups who then go on to say that they have secured a follow-up meeting to check on compliance with the objectives and the Minister apparently agreed said Selwyn Figueras, Opposition spokesman for the Environment.
Mr. Figueras concluded by saying, I look forward to hearing what exactly transpired during that meeting.
Add to Facebook Add to Twitter Main News
Refer http://www.gibnews.net/cgi-bin/gn_view.pl/?GSDX121127_1.xmlRead More!
- PDP hold Annual General Meeting
- Meeting of the UKGTA in Gibraltar
- Opposition seeks to ‘Rubbish’ the Commonwealth Park
- Government reaction to Hague/Margello meeting in London
- Meeting with the Mayor of La Linea
clarification Meeting seeks Verdemar
- GIBRALTAR: Mayor presents beautification award to residents, business
- Gibraltar Savings Bank
- HMG does not undertake meetings that constitute the Bilateral Process on Gibraltar
- HMS Sutherland conducts security patrols in BGTW
- Christmas Fair success
- GSD Asks Bossano to Calm Down
- Ministerial statement by William Hague
- Chief Minister meets Prime Minister in Downing Street
- GSD Continue Concerned over Macaques
- Royal Gibraltar Regiment MTP, medals and Movember
- Two Men Receive Prison Sentences for Indecent Assault
- Gibraltar Take Part in First European Draws
- Disability Movement Puts Things Right
- PDP hold Annual General Meeting
- Gibraltar Solutions Named as a Top Employer in the Greater Toronto Area!
- Newton creative awards 2012 – Music
- 39 months for Grievous bodily Harm with Intent
- GSD says ‘Government accusations of Cheating at the last elections are as foolish as they are false’.
- The Royal Gibraltar Police is Awarded the Bronze Level in Investors In People
- Handbags and gladrags event raises 570 pounds for women’s refuge