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CIBO Hosts Seminar for German States

On 17 September the Channel Islands Brussels Office hosted a briefing for representatives of the Berlin and Brandenburg State Governments about the relationship between the Channel Islands and the EU. The 25 participants included officials responsible for policies towards the EU in areas such as regional development, fiscal policy and environmental protection. Discussions explored the economic and political links between the Channel Islands, the UK and Germany, as well as their respective roles in the EU. Participants also considered current and possible future changes that may result from the Eurozone crisis, from reforms to the financial services sector and from wider political pressures. Participants identified a number of points to follow up in the areas of economic policy and cultural exchange.