Albert Poggio OBE GMH will be retiring as UK Representative for HM Government of Gibraltar and Director of Gibraltar House in London, on 30th June 2016, after 28 years of distinguished service. He is the doyen of the Overseas Territories’ Representatives in the UK.
Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, as part of its consultative process, is soon to engage with representative groups and many of the individuals who responded to the Command Paper for Consultation on Equal Marriage.
The Ministry of Culture is pleased to announce the Gibraltar-Berlin Artist in Residence Exchange Programme for artists working in any medium. This is particularly for those interested in developing their work in urban public spaces. This residency will be organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of HM Government of Gibraltar and Lichtenberg Studios.
As the EU referendum becomes a major focus of media attention, journalists from across Europe are looking at Gibraltar as a unique participant in the British poll. The only polling stations outside the United Kingdom will, of course, be those in Gibraltar – and time-zone differences mean they will open an hour before those in UK.
Minister for Equality, the Hon Samantha Sacramento MP, has attended an International Parliamentary Conference on Combatting Antisemitism in Berlin. The summit was organised by the German Government and Parliament in partnership with the Inter- Parliamentary Coalition for Combatting Antisemitism (ICCA), and hosted over 150 parliamentarians from more than 50 countries.
The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC, inaugurated the Elizabeth II Sports Annex at the Bayside Sports Centre in the presence of His Excellency the Governor Lieutenant General Edward Davis CB, CBE and Minister for Sport Steven Linares, amongst other invited guests.
Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar notes the concerns expressed by the Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers (GFSA) in relation to possible details in changes being considered to some aspects of some types of recreational fishing from boats for non-residents. This is being considered exclusively in relation to type ‘B’ licences, which is line fishing from boats, and does not include fishing from shore, long lines, spearfishing or tuna fishing. These were discussed at length on Tuesday evening during the course of a two hour meeting between GFSA, the Minister for the Environment Dr John Cortes, and Department of the Environment officials.
The Royal Gibraltar Police’s Head of Crime and Protective Services, Superintendent Ian McGrail, together with the High Tech Crime Unit’s, Constable Jason Oton, have this week attended the SINCERE Launching Conference in Jersey.
Images of pupils, staff, auxiliary staff, parents and friends of the school taking part in its annual ‘Health and Fitness Charity Challenge’ on Thursday. The school was 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 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 Westminster LONDON 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.
Dr Joseph Garcia
Deputy Chief Minister & Minister for European Affairs HM Government of Gibraltar
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.