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Aviation on the radar as Gib delegation lands in Brussels

A top-level delegation of the Gibraltar Government arrived in Brussels last night for meetings in the EU capital today that will be dominated by Brexit and key issues including the border and aviation.
The delegation, which is led by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, arrives in the EU capital just days after the European Parliament heard mounting frustration that important aviation packages remained stalled because of disagreement between the UK and Spain over Gibraltar’s inclusion.
Many EU member states are now pressing the Maltese EU presidency to push ahead with those legislative packages.
Against the backdrop of Brexit, there are concerns here that support for the Spanish position could strengthen in the weeks ahead.
The schedule for the Gibraltar delegation is packed with meetings but centres on a session this afternoon during which Mr Picardo will address an influential committee in the European Parliament.
The Chief Minister is scheduled to speak to the Select Committee for Constitutional Affairs for 20 minutes, followed by 40 minutes of questions from MEPs including Spanish politicians.
Mr Picardo will be speaking after a representative of the Scottish as part of a two-hour session entitled “The constitutional relationship of the United Kingdom with the European Union: the consequences of the results of the referendum of 23 June 2016”.

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