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Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 21 November 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will report on the progress which has been made on the implementation of the arrangements at the Cordoba ministerial meeting in 18 September 2006 between the United Kingdom, Spain and Gibraltar. [HL245]

Implementation of the 2006 Cordoba trilateral arrangements is on track and working well, improving the quality of life for citizens on both sides of the border.

New border arrangements came into force in December 2006 which have substantially improved border fluidity. The airport arrangements have delivered more connections from Gibraltar airport and since December 2006 direct flights between Madrid and Gibraltar have become routine. Gibraltar is also now included in new EU aviation measures and construction of Gibraltar's new air terminal is due to begin in early 2008. Phone links between Spain and Gibraltar have also been improved in line with the Cordoba arrangements. Since February 2007, Spain has recognised Gibraltar's international dialing code, eliminating previous constraints on cross-border phone calls, and mobile roaming between Gibraltar and Spain is now possible. The pensions settlement was accepted by an overwhelming majority of affected Spanish pensioners and the first payments were made in April 2007 as envisaged at Cordoba.