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In November, the European Union and the United Kingdom concluded the terms of an agreement for the orderly departure of the UK from the European Union. Gibraltar was part of that agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement includes a transitional phase until the end of 2020, which also covers Gibraltar.

"Brexit is the challenge of this generation. In less than three months’ time, barring a major surprise, the United Kingdom and Gibraltar will leave the European Union. So far, Gibraltar has already overcome a number of challenges in this our collective journey forward."

Just before Christmas, the Minister for Education, Heritage, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon John Cortes presented Angelo Galdez with the Royal Life Saving Society’s “Giovanni Sene Award” for the best trainee lifeguard to qualify for the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification.

For another year, World Trade Center Gibraltar has reached out to WTC Members and the local community, who have kindly helped to donate presents to underprivileged children at Christmas time. The Youth Service assisted with the distribution, making it possible to reach these families personally. 

"Merry Christmas Gibraltar. At this special time of year, Lorraine and I would like to wish the People of Gibraltar all the uplifting happiness and ‘humanness’ that flows from the festive season when we take time to get together with our family and friends; when we take time to listen, understand and empathise with each other’s perspective; when we take time to say “Merry Christmas” to those familiar, yet unacquainted faces, in the crowd; and when we take time to offer those in our Community experiencing hardship a compassionate ear and helping hand."

The Royal Gibraltar Police has introduced Taser devices for its frontline armed police officers.

Government have announced that following changes to the Control of Traffic Regulations, the use of personal electric transporters such as electric scooters are now strictly prohibited on footpaths. These legislative changes have been published today and will take immediate effect.

In November, the European Union and the United Kingdom concluded the terms of an agreement for the orderly departure of the UK from the European Union. Gibraltar was part of that agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement includes a transitional phase until the end of 2020 which also covers Gibraltar.

Today marks 100 days before the United Kingdom and Gibraltar leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 and the Government of Gibraltar is stepping-up its preparations for a no deal Brexit.

In November, the European Union and the United Kingdom concluded the terms of an agreement for the orderly departure of the UK from the European Union. Gibraltar was part of that agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement includes a transitional phase until the end of 2020 which also covers Gibraltar.

Government and Gibraltar NASUWT, formerly the Gibraltar Teachers’ Association, note with satisfaction that a long-standing claim tabled by the union has been resolved. The particulars of the claim was based on a discrepancy between the salaries of First and Middle School teachers.

The Christmas period is generally a stressful period for everyone. It is also likely to lead to an increase in domestic abuse including domestic violence.

In November, the European Union and the United Kingdom concluded the terms of an agreement for the orderly departure of the UK from the European Union. Gibraltar was part of that agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement includes a transitional phase until the end of 2020 which also covers Gibraltar.

A Bill for the Mutual Legal Assistance (Council of Europe) Act 2018 and a Bill for the Extradition Act 2018 were unanimously passed in Parliament.

This year’s museum Christmas Lecture will be delivered by Dr Peter Evans, a renowned world expert on the conservation of whales and dolphins, on Wednesday 19th December at 7pm at the John Mackintosh Hall.

The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia recently briefed a group of students undertaking a course in “Geopolitics, Geography and Territorial Management” from the University of Granada.

Wearing their Christmas jumpers, the Chief Minister and staff of No6 Convent Place today made a donation of around £140 to the Save the Children fund.

The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC, said: "The Government acknowledges 103 responses to the Command Paper on Abortion and thanks all those who took the time to write in for their measured submissions to this stage of the public consultation.

Representatives from countries around the world are meeting in Poland in a further attempt to steer decisive climate action.

As the festive season comes into full swing, arrangements are well underway for the organisation of the Three Kings’ Cavalcade, organised by the Cavalcade Committee.