The authorities of Campo de Gibraltar who have met this Friday with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, have demanded to Brussels, the central Government and the Junta de Andalucía, concrete measures and investments in this territory while waiting for an agreement with the United Kingdom on the British city.
This is what the mayors of Algeciras and La Línea, José Ignacio Landaluce and José Juan Franco, and the president of the Association of Municipalities of Campo de Gibraltar, Juan Lozano, have been saying in statements to the media after meeting with Albares.
One of the most critical in this regard has been the councillor of Algeciras, who is also a senator of the PP, who has expressed his "concern" after this meeting, so he has asked the Administrations to invest in the Campo de Gibraltar.
"We cannot wait for an agreement after Brexit if we do not first comply with the Government's 2018 Campo de Gibraltar Plan", Landaluce proclaimed when asked about his feelings after this meeting, accusing Gibraltar of "having everything", since in the current context it is inside the European Union and at the same time it is outside.
IMPLEMENTING THE PLAN FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE
For his part, the president of the Mancomunidad has revealed that the authorities of the Campo have told Albares that the Comprehensive Plan for this territory "has to be a reality" because, as he stressed, "we have to invest in the Campo de Gibraltar".
"We cannot afford the luxury that, if there is no agreement, our workers are put at risk", defended the president of the Mancomunidad, who has put the focus, as well as on the central government, on Brussels and the Junta de Andalucía.
José Juan Franco expressed himself in similar terms, urging the implementation of specific measures so that the municipalities of the Campo can get out of the current situation, complaining at the same time that there has been no specific budget allocation for La Linea since the Brexit agreement.
On whether this is the last chance to reach an agreement, the mayor of La Linea acknowledged that it is a negotiation that is taking a long time after the Brexit referendum of 2016, admitting that there is a possibility that "at any moment it will be decided that this is as far as it has gone".
Another mayor of Campo de Gibraltar has also raised with the Foreign Minister the request to equalise tax issues with Gibraltar, proposing a tax regime similar to that of the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, or the Canary and Balearic Islands.