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28th January 2020, 21:18

European Solidarity funds could help mitigate possible effects of Brexit

The Andalusian government is calling for the Campo de Gibraltar to be given access to the European Solidarity Fund, in an attempt to mitigate the possible effects of Brexit.

At a recent meeting of the European Commission Task Force for Brexit, the representative of the Andalusian government expressed concerns that Andalucia could be hit badly by Brexit, and highlighted the Campo de Gibraltar, was a region in a very unique situation.

During the meeting, the Councillor of the Presidency for Public Administration from the Junta, Elias Bendodo, told the Deputy Director General of the Task force, Clara Martinez Alberola, that the Andalusian government had calculated Brexit could cost Spain's southern region between 500 and 1200 million Euros.

Mr Bendodo also said that the Campo de Gibraltar had to be given special consideration as it was an area that would suffer the possible effects of Brexit in a very unique way - highlighting that over 15,000 people in the area worked in Gibraltar, with over 9700 of these being Spanish nationals.

He also highlighted that during 2018, Andalucia had exported over 1000 million Euros worth of goods and services to Gibraltar - equivalent to exports between Andalucia and larger nations like Belgium and the Netherlands.

In view of all this, Mr Bendodo is now proposing Andalucia be granted access to the European Solidarity Fund, a special fund designed to aid European nations in the event of a natural catastrophe, and that this money be diverted principally to the Campo de Gibraltar.

Meanwhile, the Chief MInister will be meeting with the coordinator for Podemos Andalucia on Friday moring.

Teresa Rodriguez, who is also the president of the Adelante Andalucia parliamentary group, has criticised the Spanish government, saying the 112 measures it has drawn up to mitigate the possible effects of Brexit are intangiable.

Ms Rodriguez has also criticised the government's aid package for the Campo de Gibraltar in the face of Brexit, saying the four million euros set aside, are simply, not enough.