Jersey Minister Visits Brussels
by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
04 March, 2015
Jersey's Minister for External Relations, Philip Bailhache, has visited Brussels to promote the Channel Islands' interests in Europe and to increase awareness and understanding of the islands' economies.
The visit forms part of the Channel Island's ongoing political engagement with the European Union. Bailhache attended a series of meetings arranged by the Channel Islands Brussels Office (CIBO), including with the new French Permanent Representative to the EU, the Norwegian Ambassador to the EU, and the Director of the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a leading think tank, which will shortly publish a paper on the UK/EU relationship.
Commenting ahead of the meetings, Bailhache said: "I look forward to productive meetings in Brussels. We are well represented by the Channel Islands Brussels Office, which has been a good example of joint working with Guernsey. Although the Channel Islands are outside the EU, developments in the EU impact directly or indirectly on the Channel Islands in a wide range of important areas. CIBO's work, underpinned by political and official level engagement from both islands, is essential to the protection of our interests."
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