16th July 2021, 20:18
Gibraltar is set to be included within an NHS system that will provide electronic proof of vaccination - a system that the UK is working to ensure is recognised by other European countries, as part of the anticipated "vaccine passport" scheme. This was revealed by the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, on Direct Democracy on Radio Gibraltar, following reports that Malta has been refusing to recognise Gibraltar's own vaccination certificate.
The Chief Minister referred to the debate currently ongoing in the UK as to whether to make vaccines compulsory for health workers who deal with the vulnerable, saying Gibraltar tends to follow the NHS on these matters, and will need to consider the issue and the science behind it.
On Brexit, Fabian Picardo said he is optimistic that we can expect to see the same attitude from the new Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Albares, as was espoused by his predecessor Arancha Gonzalez Laya. He said Gibraltar will want to protect the New Year's Eve agreement as a framework as much as possible in the upcoming negotiations, with the European Commission's draft mandate expected next week.
Fabian Picardo said the increase in voluntary contributions to old age pensions, highlighted this week by the GSD, would be discussed in Parliament next week - adding there was no "social justice" in the previous rate of contributions.
You can listen back to the whole Direct Democracy programme here.