London and Madrid agree on a system to protect cross-border workers in Gibraltar

In the midst of the impasse in the negotiations between Great Britain and the European Union, mainly due to the problems arising from the fishing agreement, London and Madrid announced on Monday a system so that the 15,000 cross-border workers who have employment in Gibraltar, are not deprived of their acquired rights.

Diplomatic representatives of Spain and the United Kingdom, responsible for the Government of Gibraltar and the Commonwealth of Municipalities of Campo de Gibraltar had been working on this for two years, when the memorandums of understanding between Spain and the United Kingdom on Gibraltar were signed, to mitigate the impact of Brexit, whose transitional period will end next December 31st.

The agreement affects 15,000 community citizens, including 10,000 Spaniards, who have to cross the Gate daily to go to their jobs on the Rock and who, through this procedure, will be able to make their rights effective as of January 1 2021. The main problem lies in some other thousands of unquantified people who live from the underground economy and not precisely the illicit ones, but in domestic service, the hotel industry and some sectors around which the undocumented subsist.

According to information released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, this solution is related to the withdrawal agreement that guaranteed the maintenance of all labor rights enjoyed by cross-border workers before Brexit under Union law Europe. The specific Protocol on Gibraltar was intended to “reinforce this aspect”.

Precisely this Tuesday, the Government of Gibraltar has published a new Technical Note of which it has been issuing as a roadmap to follow after Brexit in aspects that can affect daily life, work and business, in the Rock. This agreement on the rights accumulated by workers, unemployed or entrepreneurs, who come from the EU, EEA (European Economic Area, which includes Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and Switzerland who work in Gibraltar and live in Spain.

Back and forth

The Withdrawal Agreement signed by the United Kingdom and the European Union – recalls an official note from the Gibraltarian authorities – entered into force in February this year and establishes the rights that British citizens, including Gibraltarians, would retain, working on the other side from the border, in the European Union, and EU citizens working in the UK and Gibraltar. This reciprocity also extends to citizens of the EEA and Switzerland.

“The latest guide clearly states that only people registered as cross-border workers as of December 31, 2020, will be able to exercise their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement. A mechanism is also established so that people can check if they are qualified as such as of December 1, 2020, ”says the Government of Gibraltar, which is going to launch a web page where said registration can be made and that will be operational that day through the link frontierworkers.egov.gi

Cross-border workers may request a letter from the Gibraltarian government to identify them as such. However, “in those cases where the status of a person as a cross-border worker in Gibraltar is certified by inclusion in the electronic list maintained by the Gibraltar Employment Department, it will not be mandatory for cross-border workers to obtain a copy of said letter. ”.

Until now, official attempts to carry out a realistic census of these workers have barely had the collaboration of the interested parties themselves, paradoxically fearful that such a measure could adversely affect them or be simply useless.

It is, however, a reciprocal measure between the parties, so it also affects Gibraltarians and other British citizens who reside in Gibraltar but work in Spain and to whom the executive of Fabian Picardo recommends that they familiarize themselves with the registration procedures on this side of the border, so that they can enforce that same agreement.

Reaching the agreement has not been easy and contacts between the parties, even unofficial ones, have abounded. The Foreign Ministry recalled that, on the Spanish side, the Association of Municipalities of Campo de Gibraltar, the Junta de Andalucía and the General State Administration have participated in the meetings. Yesterday, Juan Franco, Mayor of La Línea, visited Fabian Picardo at the Gibraltar Government headquarters to discuss these and other issues. Since the entry into force of the Withdrawal Agreement, as pointed out by Foreign Affairs, “the three administrations have negotiated how to apply these rights to those who enter Gibraltar every day to work.” That was the purpose, the memorandum on Citizen Rights, which motivated a meeting in La Línea on October 21, which expanded the contents of two other previous meetings since the lack of definition.

Fluency at the border

The calendar to follow is through the entry into operation of said website and, as of January 1, 2021 and only at the request of the interested parties, if they wish, they may request a letter from the Gibraltar authorities certifying their employment status. In the event that a worker who is outside that registry may present his case to the Gibraltarian authorities in order to find a possible solution. If one of the critical points of the current negotiations consists of the fluidity of the border, for now it has been achieved that cross-border workers will be able to prove their identity at any time and when entering Gibraltar with their passport and ID card from Spain or another country of the European Union.

According to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “the parties will continue to meet to analyze any issue that may arise in coordination with the European Commission as guardian of the Treaties of the European Union and their correct application.”

In the case of Gibraltar, cross-border workers who appear as such in said registry, “may, after December 31, 2020, continue to work in Gibraltar and may benefit from the same community rights that they currently enjoy.” For Gibraltar to consider them as cross-border workers covered by the agreement, they must legally work in Gibraltar with an employment contract or self-employed workers who carry out a legal activity in Gibraltar, as the scope of their activity, for which “it will be necessary that the center of interest in the activities of the self-employed worker is located in Gibraltar and is subject to Gibraltar social security legislation ”.

The agreement will also cover people who, having worked for another person or as self-employed in Gibraltar, may retain their status as cross-border workers, as long as the cessation of their activity is related to temporary inability to work as a result of illness or accident, pregnancy or Birth; or they are in a situation of involuntary unemployment, provided that they are registered as such after having enjoyed employment in the Rock, at least for one year. Also those unemployed who have worked at La Roca for less than a year, but may only maintain their status as cross-border workers for a maximum of six months. Under this umbrella also covers the unemployed who are in training or those who have decided to leave their job to improve their training in the labor branch in which they had been hired.

“Cross-border workers covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be able, beyond December 31, 2020, to continue working in Gibraltar and will be able to benefit from the same community rights that they currently enjoy,” said document states. In practice, this means that skilled cross-border workers will continue to have the same EU-based labor rights that they currently enjoy. This includes the right to non-discrimination, the right to start an activity in Gibraltar and the right to social and tax benefits. Therefore, for example, qualified cross-border workers will maintain the same conditions that have existed until now with regard to unemployment benefits ”.

At the same time, unemployed persons may find protection in said agreement “when, 12 months after leaving work and thereafter, they provide proof that they continue to seek employment or self-employment in Gibraltar”.

Grace period

In fact, as specified in the Note, the Government of Gibraltar already has a good part of this data, both with regard to cross-border workers and unemployment, through official records.

“Therefore, the Government already has a list of all cross-border workers. The people who will be protected by the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement are those whose names appear on said list as of December 31, 2020 ”.

“Once it is operational, the platform will allow the introduction of identifying details of a person to confirm whether or not it is“ in process ”to be considered a person covered by the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement as of December 31, 2020. As of January 1, 2021, cross-border workers who perform a search on the online platform will receive a final confirmation regarding their status, or not, as cross-border workers covered by the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. This information will be provided by an automatic response. Independently, as of January 1, 2021, cross-border workers will also have the possibility to contact the Employment Department (Department of Employment) from Gibraltar to obtain a letter certifying that they are cross-border workers covered by the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement ”.

What will happen to those workers who cannot prove said condition? “Means will be provided so that those people who the system indicates that they are not cross-border workers covered by the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, can contact the relevant government departments with the aim of correcting their status if they believe they meet the necessary conditions – they report the Gibraltarian authorities. Cross-border workers may, beyond December 31, 2020, appeal a decision adopted by the Government that they consider to be erroneous ”.

“As in the UK, during a grace period from January 1, 2021 to July 1, 2021, the Government of Gibraltar will not impose any new entry conditions for citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland (including cross-border workers) can enter Gibraltar. The Government will keep this position under constant review, especially given the current negotiations to establish a new border fluidity regime with the EU ”.

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Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.
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In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.

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▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

More about: Blizzard, BlizzConline, BlizzCon 2020, Diablo IV Y Overwatch 2.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”

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October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

With information from El Farandi

Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”

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The Mancomunidad Axarquía Costa del Sol will participate in the virtual WTM London

The spokesperson for Tourism, Juan Peñas, has stressed that “we cannot stand still in the face of the undesirable circumstances in which we find ourselves due to the pandemic. If the main International Tourism Fair in the world goes ahead, even if it is virtually, we also”.

“The sector needs our support and we are going to continue promoting the Axarquía Costa del Sol destination with all the means with which the situation allows us,” he explained, while reporting that he will do so under the umbrella of Tourism and Planning Costa del Sol.

Peñas has also added that “it is going to be a different experience that we want to make the most of. Our goal is to participate in all the spaces that we can and that coincide with our promotional objectives. That is, in those that we can show the uniqueness of our destination of sea ​​and mountains, in those in which gastronomic tourism is concerned since we are the region of the Mediterranean Diet and where we can account for the Axarquía as a ‘Film Set’ “.

“It is going to be a different fair but one that can also give us a lot of visibility since we will have the opportunity to participate virtually in informative sessions, conferences or in meetings with agents of the sector”, he continued and recalled that the English market is the main issuer on the Costa del Sol.

Likewise, it has relied on “the recovery of the sector, and that is why we want to continue working on generating confidence and the quality of the Axarquía Costa del Sol destination as the main axis”.

“This summer we have made an effort, and we continue to do so, to achieve safe beaches free of covid. That is why we have to be there, visualizing the Axarquía Costa del Sol for when travel restrictions are lifted we will be a preferred destination,” he concluded the vowel of Tourism.

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Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?

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October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

By Vanity Fair

Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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The morning of Andalusia highlighted the work of the Almeria agricultural cooperative Unica Group

Unica was born ten years ago when the European marketing sector began to change and had to be adapted to it. It has undoubtedly been an example of success in the union of the twenty cooperatives that now form Unica Group that sells to food chains jointly and has become the largest exporter of vegetables in Spain. This fruitful example of cooperativism and social economy has made it possible to improve the quality of the product and service they offer. These are more than enough reasons for the recognition of this Andalusian company that has wanted to offer the Andalusian morning with the interventions of José Martínez Portero and Enrique de los Ríos, president and director of the group respectively.

Unica Group has made a call to improve the diet with the consumption of fruits, vegetables and vegetables. “Spain is the second country in the world in childhood obesity so you have to invest in Marketing and convince people that you have to consume these products, not only because the doctor says so”.

On the other hand, in this union of cooperatives they are very aware of what agreement the EU is going to close with the United Kingdom due to Brexit given that the British is the third most important market of Unica Group, so they have wanted to make a request to the Andalusian Minister of Agriculture Luis Planas to “look at us about Brexit and not put a 10% tariff on us because that market would collapse and that would be a tremendous setback”.

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▷ Dos ex-Blizzard fundan Frost Giant Studios

From ex-Blizzard they have announced the founding of Frost Giant Studios in Orange County, California.

Tim Morten, CEO of the company, was the chief producer of Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void and has worked for the last six years in the company, although he has gone through numerous studies and has been involved in sagas such as Command & Conquer.

Tim Campbell, meanwhile, was the lead designer for the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne campaign and has since been involved in numerous projects, most recently Wasteland 3 as director.

The first round of financing has closed with 4.7 million dollars raised by various investors, including Riot Games.

The company’s first game will be an RTS (real-time strategy game) and its goal is for it to be the next great game in the genre.

Real-Time Strategy Returns! We’re launching a new game studio to build the next great RTS! Join us on our journey at https://t.co/qtPYF1CahM! #FrostGiant pic.twitter.com/NRFfu64qCU

— Frost Giant Studios (@Frost_Giant) October 20, 2020

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