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Guernsey Attends Meetings In Brussels

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
13 November, 2014

Guernsey's Commerce and Employment Minister, Kevin Stewart, has attended a series of meetings with Members of Parliament (MEPs) in Brussels to build on the Channel Islands' relationship with European Union member states.

The meetings follow the European Parliamentary elections and the restructuring of the European Commission last month. Meetings were held with members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECOFIN), who are responsible for several issues in which the Channel Islands have an interest, including revisions to anti-money laundering (AML) laws and financial services instrument changes.

Stewart also met with members of the Budget Committee and officials from the UK Permanent Representation involved in aviation, data protection, and AML regulation.

Stewart said: "It was very important for the Channel Islands to engage as early as possible in the new European political term, particularly on issues such beneficial ownership, data protection, and transport. It is important that we understand what is down the track for the Parliament and its powerful Committees and to ensure better understanding of what the Channel Islands do, what we don't do, and how we might actually be able to assist when we have shared objectives. It is very clear that engagement and understanding is the key to protecting our interests in Europe."

The Isle of Man also held similar meetings in Brussels this month.

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