Government denies claims that it will buy water from Spain

Gibraltar. / SUR
  • Reports in the Spanish press said the Rock was considering a contract

The Gibraltar government has announced that it has no plans to buy water from the Mancomunidad de Municipios del Campo de Gibraltar, following reports in the Spanish press that Gibraltar was considering a contract of this type.

An article last month in a regional newspaper called Europa Sur claimed that Luis Ángel Fernández, the president of the Mancomunidad, had said at a breakfast meeting with Europa Sur representatives last week that a proposal had been made to the Gibraltar government for the Mancomunidad's services company Arcgisa to supply its water. However, chief minister Fabian Picardo immediately tweeted that the newspaper article was the first the government had heard of it, and a spokesman later insisted that the government had received no such proposal and in any case has no intention of reaching any agreements which make Gibraltar dependent on any Spanish public authority for any essential services.

Gibraltar does have some areas of collaboration with the Mancomunidad de Municipios del Campo de Gibraltar, especially in culture and education, and they recently joined forces to organise a history conference on the Rock for the first time in many years.

The Mancomunidad is keen for there to be further collaboration, and has suggested that the University of Gibraltar might organise classes in English in the Campo de Gibraltar.

In the Europa Sur report, Luis Ángel Fernández is quoted as saying that the relationship with Gibraltar is currently good and that the Spanish government had not expressed any opposition to collaboration. He is reported to have said that there is now a "more fluid dialogue" and "discreet relationship" with the Gibraltar government.