Spanish advisors in British Consulates

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    • #55463
      Anonymous
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      It seems that the British consulates in Málaga and Alicante will now have Spanish housing, health and social experts (provided by the Spanish government) to guide and advise ‘the million Britons living in Spain’ plus all newcomers. This is the deal signed on Sunday by the British Minister for Europe Chris Bryant and the Spanish Territorial Minister Gaspar Zarrías in Málaga.
      See http://www.theentertaineronline.com/news.php?item.1110.5.
      Good News!

    • #97384
      Anonymous
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      Another job for the Boys. Has anyone ever had anything practical, concrete or reliable from the Foreign office . ????

      What will be their role? will they take up the cases or a cop out by non getting involved in another Country’s law & workings and just write long meaningless letters.

    • #97385
      Anonymous
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      It sounds as though they will be Spanish civil servants seconded to the consulates. Seems like a good idea to me.

    • #97386
      petej
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      Sounds like a good idea to me also

    • #97387
      Anonymous
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      How reliable and trust worthy have the other’s been. Namely Lawyers, Judges, town halls etc.

    • #97388
      katy
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      @shakeel wrote:

      Another job for the Boys. Has anyone ever had anything practical, concrete or reliable from the Foreign office . ????

      What will be their role? will they take up the cases or a cop out by non getting involved in another Country’s law & workings and just write long meaningless letters.

      Why should the FCO or the British taxpayer feel obliged to do anything except raise the matter diplomatically. I feel for everyone caught up in this mess but many moved to Spain with not a good word for their birth country they left behind, when the shit has hit the fan they want the UK to bail them out. Now they have decided to appoint a civil servant to liaise it’s NOT ENOUGH for some of you…..what exactly do you expect from the country you stopped investing in, take it up with Zapatero!!

    • #97389
      Anonymous
      Participant

      This article confirms the advisors in the consulate will be Spanish civil servants paid for by the Spanish government.

      http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_25334.shtml

    • #97390
      Anonymous
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      I am sure that it is a good and useful idea. A Spanish attaché at the consulate will add a lot of ‘officialdom’ to any transaction and/or issue for brits living here.
      However, those who have problems with ‘illegal homes’ won’t be any better off as the Spanish minister Zarrías said yesterday that there is always the resort of the Spanish justice, rule of law etc. (which, as we all know, is something of an exaggeration).
      So, the issues of legalising one’s home, compensation, justice and so on have still to be addressed. See you in Málaga at the demo?

    • #97392
      Anonymous
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      KATY: “Why should the FCO or the British taxpayer feel obliged to do anything except raise the matter diplomatically “

      Correct, when taken through diplomatic channels they do not act with vigour and or purpose and just fob of people by saying they cannot interfere. They should brings charges under terrorism act or similar. As is the case with the Icelandic banks.

      “Now they have decided to appoint a civil servant to liaise it’s NOT ENOUGH for some of you…..what”

      Civil servants are by the dozens in Spain. We have seen how & in what manner the other civil servants work. Besides it seams unreal that a civil servents sits in an office of another Countries Council.

      If this civil servant does not act and one is dissatisfied with his her action. Where will one go ????.

      LENOX: ” A Spanish attaché at the consulate will add a lot of ‘officialdom’.

      We already have many layers of officialdom. What good are they and another layer is not going to be any different.

      “Spanish minister Zarrías said yesterday that there is always the resort of the Spanish justice, rule of law etc. (which, as we all know, is something of an exaggeration)”

      Here lies in the main problem. There is no rule of law or its enforcement.

    • #97393
      Anonymous
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      @katy wrote:

      @shakeel wrote:

      Another job for the Boys. Has anyone ever had anything practical, concrete or reliable from the Foreign office . ????

      What will be their role? will they take up the cases or a cop out by non getting involved in another Country’s law & workings and just write long meaningless letters.

      Why should the FCO or the British taxpayer feel obliged to do anything except raise the matter diplomatically. I feel for everyone caught up in this mess but many moved to Spain with not a good word for their birth country they left behind, when the shit has hit the fan they want the UK to bail them out. Now they have decided to appoint a civil servant to liaise it’s NOT ENOUGH for some of you…..what exactly do you expect from the country you stopped investing in, take it up with Zapatero!!

      More assumptions based on what??
      Not everyone who moves to Spain rubishes the country of their birth in fact most I would think see themselves as british. However after a lifetime of hard work chose to spend their latter years in a warmer climate.
      Many have and continue to invest in the future of the UK having brought up and educated a family who now also invest in the future of the UK.
      I am fiercely proud to be Scottish although I have spent the last fifty years in England.
      I have many investments in the UK which will be retained when I move to Spain in a few months time.
      I have spent many years in other countries as a serviceman again serving my country in a number of confrontations and secured my investment in UK by putting my life on the line..
      So Katy remember that there are many many like me who will always be british wherever we choose to live.

    • #97396
      Anonymous
      Participant

      There is no Utopia and there are no limitations. The only limitation is the capacity of how one thinks.

    • #97401
      katy
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      My response was after reading a report last week that 42% of Britains want to emigrate. There were over 200 comments and 50% of those seem to be from ex-pats slating the UK. Admittedly not all from Spain. That is fine but the same whingers seem to expect to use the UK PLC as an insurance policy when things go wrong. They now pay taxes in their adopted country.

      I think the new initiative will only be window dressing. The Junta is getting worried about all the bad publicity and fall in visitors. Probably won’t be anymore demolitions but they will be in limbo forever.

      As I read it in the spanish news the costs will be shared for this person. Many xenaphobic comments from the spanish as they can never accept that the British did not know they were buying illegal houses.

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