The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia today met in London with the UK Minister of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP. A number of civil aviation matters were discussed.

The Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of H.M. Government of Gibraltar is delighted to announce that Ben Haenow will be the international act performing at the May Day Celebrations to be held at Grand Casemates Square on Sunday 1st May 2016.

Submission to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons on the position of Gibraltar in the European Union and the challenges posed were that position to change after the Referendum of 23 June on whether the UK and Gibraltar should remain in the EU or should leave.

Hon Crispin Blunt MP
Chairman of the Foreign
Affairs Committee
House of Commons
United Kingdom


Dear Mr Chairman, 

Thank you for giving Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar (HMGoG) the opportunity to provide a statement to the Foreign Affairs Committee on the question of our concerns ahead of the June 23 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union.

The position of the Parliament, Government, Opposition and all the political parties in Gibraltar is that remaining in the European Union is undoubtedly the outcome that will best protect Gibraltar’s interests.

We believe that our position on a vote to stay will be substantially reflected in the outcome in Gibraltar when our people exercise their right to vote on this issue of vital importance, not just to Gibraltar but to the United Kingdom and the European Union itself.

Once again I would like to thank the Committee for this opportunity to put forward HMGoG’s views. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information or assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Joseph Garcia

Deputy Chief Minister & Minister for European Affairs
HM Government of Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers have issued the following statement

His Excellency the Governor, Lieutenant General Edward Davis CB, CBE and Mrs Davis recently visited the 2016 Young Art Exhibition currently being held at the John Mackintosh Hall. On their arrival, they were met by Gibraltar Cultural Services CEO Yvette Zarb and GCS Directors, Angela Bula, Yolanda Pilcher and Seamus Byrne.

Letters to The Editor

Plater Youth Club members spent an exciting weekend at the Gibraltar Retreat Centre recently. The twelve young people participated in a bullying themed weekend in which they learned about coping strategies, how and where to report bullying and the difference between bullying and cyber-bullying.

Plater Youth Club Residential

St Anne’s School will be taking part in its annual ‘Health and Fitness Charity Challenge’ on Thursday 17th March 2016 at 2pm. Pupils, staff, auxiliary staff, parents and friends of the school will be power-walking or jogging around the Bayside Sports Complex (athletics track) for forty-five minutes, after a warm up session led by Janine Pereira (GibFit Club, Piloxing MT). The school is aiming to raise funds for the Gibraltar based charity: ‘Action For Schools - Sierra Leone, (registered charity no. 246.), Cancer Research Gibraltar and MND Gibraltar.

The Gibraltar Health Authority and the Department of Education will be holding a Workshop for Senior Teachers, titled Training for Health, at St. Bernard’s Hospital on Thursday 17th March 2016.

The Friends of Gibraltar Group in London have invited Mr Joe Caruana MBE to give the Group and its friends a talk on his latest book "THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SIR ROBERT PELIZA".

Earth Hour will be celebrated this year on the 19th March, between 8.30 and 9.30 pm. In a huge symbolic display, lights across the globe will be switched off for one hour in a show of solidarity in the fight against climate change.

The Minister for Culture, the Hon Steven Linares would like to publicly congratulate local artist Derek Duarte who has once again been pre-selected for the second round of the London Mall Galleries "The New English Art Club Exhibition".

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar has made a submission to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons on the consequences for Gibraltar of the Referendum to determine whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union or should leave.

The Care Agency today took part in the celebrations of ‘World Social Work Day 2016’ that take place on March 15th under the theme ‘Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples’. A United Nations backed initiative, the Gibraltar Government has embraced the occasion and lined up several events as part of the broader commemoration.

STARS from the world of darts, including World Champion Gary Anderson and World Number One Michael van Gerwen, are preparing to return to Gibraltar for the fourth staging of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy from May 6-8.

Wherever we live in the Commonwealth, we can always benefit from being open to the ideas and encouragement of those around us. Each of us can also make a positive difference in the lives of others by being willing to contribute and offer support.

On Tuesday 15th of March, the Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC, will be live on GBC Television’s Direct Democracy programme. As from 9pm the Chief Minister will answer questions put to him by the public via email and live phone-in. The Direct Democracy programme is part of the Government’s manifesto commitment to transparency and direct accountability.

The Gibraltar Mental Welfare Society was happy to meet, on Thursday 3rd March, with Government Ministers Dr John Cortes, Mr Neil Costa, and Ms Samantha Sacramento, whose ministries cover the issues they are campaigning on. The main areas which were touched on were benefits, sheltered accommodation, care in the community in general, early diagnosis and crisis intervention.

Last week a number of changes were made to the Savings Bank Act. The most important change is the creation of a new type of account to be known as a ‘Safe Keeping Account’.