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Jersey Minister for External Relations visits Brussels

The Jersey Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache visited Brussels on 8 March 2017.  The Minister met with: the Ambassador of New Zealand to the EU, Mr David Taylor; the Ambassador of Iceland to the EU, Mrs Bergdís Ellertsdóttir; the Deputy Ambassador of Switzerland to the EU, Mr Josef Renggli; the Head of the Mission of the Faroe Islands to the EU, Mrs Kate Sanderson; the Head of the Brittany Region Office in Brussels, Mrs Aude Körfer; and the Head of the Normandy Region Office in Brussels, Mrs Cécile Combette-Murin.

Speaking after his visit, Senator Bailhache said that in the light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, it was important that the Channel Islands continued to develop productive relationships not only with the EU Institutions and the Member States, but also with nations like Switzerland, New Zealand, Iceland and the Faroes, which are developing their own relations with the EU and whose representatives he met on this visit. He added that through the permanent presence in Brussels provided by CIBO, “we are in a good position to demonstrate the ways in which the Channel Islands can be strong partners.