17th November 2022, 08:45
Published by GBC News
Uncertainty and the lack of information on treaty negotiations are the main issues highlighted by the Cross Frontier Group.
The Group met the President of the Mancomunidad in Algeciras today to convey its concerns regarding treaty negotiations.
This comes ahead of the President's meeting with the Minister for Foreign affairs in Madrid next week.
Delays in reaching an agreement are fuelling pessimism and concern.
Could parts of the agreement be implemented ? what's the hitch? Why can't the New Years Eve agreement be transposed into a treaty?
There are many questions but the President of the Mancommunidad would be happy to ask just one, when together with the Campo Mayors, he meets Jose Manuel Albares.
Will there or won't there be a deal?
The meeting in Madrid is taking place at his request, although originally it was to be a bilateral between Juan Lozano and the Spanish Secretary of State for the EU- It's been elevated to include the Mayors and the Foreign Minister.
Juan Lozano will be the Cross Frontier Group's voice in Madrid and its concerns mirror the Mancommunidad President's.
The Cross Frontier Group is made up of trade unions and businesses from both sides of the border. Its President, stressed the need for an agreement to be reached as soon as possible to end the uncertainty experienced by workers and businesses in the area.
Speaking to GBC George Dyke said that on the 11th of January 2021, the then Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzalez Layahad said she hoped a deal could be finalised in 6 months- 2 years later, he said, there is growing concern.
The message the group wants delivered is "Get your act together and reach agreement."