THE drive to abolish the green certificate which has replaced our normal style residence permit is rapidly becoming a major issue in the European election campaign in the Balearics.
Rosa Estaras, who is standing as a candidate for the centre-right Partido Popular in this weekend´s election, said that British residents had told her that the new certificate system didn´t work on the campaign trail on Sunday. I was out in Llubi on Sunday and a group of British residents came up to me to say that they were not happy with the residence permit issue. They wanted a return to the old style cards instead of the certificate, she said. Last week a group of residents in Calvia echoed the complaint of their Llubi counterparts. Last Sunday, in the Bulletin Rosa Estaras said that as soon as she got to Brussels she would look into the issue.
However, yesterday the prospective European Member of Parliament for the Balearics was also told that the Germans have similar views about the green certificate. Estaras yesterday held a reception for the non-Spanish media and the residence permit issue was one of the main topics of conversation.
It is clearly an issue which deeply concerns foreign residents, she said.
Rosa Estaras also plans to open an office in Palma where all residents can complain about all issues affecting the European Union.