Gibraltar Road Toll and good neighborhood with La Linea

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Does La Linea’s mayor care about good neighborhood with Gibraltar?

It is a shame that some Spaniards tackle a XXI Century issue with XIV Century measures. See The Guardian article on the most ridiculous initiative from a local mayor we have seen in decades, the establishment of an international border road toll between Gibraltar and La Linea.

This issue is not an isolated one and unfortunately there are still some Spaniards not recognizing the sovereign rights of Gibraltar as determined by its people and the United Kingdom. The Spanish Socialist government has been advocating for dialogue with Gibraltar and the UK, however talks these days seem to be lost in translation.

Why is the Spanish Government so reticent to conclude a treaty with Gibraltar? why is Gibraltar not removed from the Spanish taxhaven blacklist?

Gibraltar is a territory of the United Kingdom, part of the EU and abiding by the OECD rules for cooperative tax territories. Why is Spain preventing the Onshore movement initiated by Gibraltar under Mr Caruana leadership?

Gibraltar has signed 17 Tax Treaties, last one with The Netherlands. Please see the 2009 list of Treaties signed by Gibraltar. On the other hand Spain has already signed treaties with territories with a weaker position regarding OECD Compliance, such as:

  • Spain – Bahamas (11 March 2010)
  • Spain – Andorra (14 January 2010)
  • Netherlands Antilles – Spain (10 June 2008)

The current Spanish economy will benefit from a clear cooperation with Gibraltar and we advocate for the tax treaty to be signed as soon as possible.