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Channel Islands Engage Ireland On EU Agenda

by Jason Gorringe,, London

07 September 2012

In anticipation of Ireland assuming the Presidency of the European Union (EU) from January 2013, the deputy Chief Ministers of the Channel Islands have held meetings with key members of the Irish government engaged in European Union affairs to discuss forthcoming policy that could impact the Channel Islands as international financial centres.

Guernsey deputy Chief Minister, Jonathan Le Tocq, and his Jersey counterpart, Phillip Bailhache met with Ireland's minister with responsibility for European affairs, Lucinda Creighton, and with the Prime Minister's senior EU adviser, Geraldine Byrne Nason, as well as the British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott. The meetings are the first to be undertaken jointly during the islands' current parliamentary term.

Commenting ahead of the meetings, Le Tocq said: "Ireland is a long-standing friend of Guernsey and the Channel Islands through the British-Irish Council. It is one of the EU member states that has always defended the integrity of the European single market, striving to keep it open and outward looking. The purpose of the trip is to find out more about the priorities that the Irish government has for its Presidency - including of course the handling of the eurozone crisis and seeking to stimulate growth and jobs. It will also be an opportunity to discuss particular dossiers in areas of interest to the Channel Islands like international co-operation, financial services, e-commerce, aviation, and data protection."

Bailhache added: "Members of Jersey's Council of Ministers have met with members of Guernsey's Policy Council a number of times since May. We have all committed to a more joined-up Channel Islands approach on international relations - this is the first significant step in delivering on that commitment. I am delighted to be working on EU issues with Deputy Le Tocq. Working together we will be stronger."

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