On 5-6 December Channel Islands officials held a series of meetings with UK government departments in connection with the latest phase of the UK Balance of Competences Review. This review, which runs to the end of 2014, is an evidenced based, civil service led process. It is divided into 4 six monthly semesters and is looking at how current EU powers or competences are impacting on the UK and whether the current balance between EU and national powers is right.
The Channel Islands have been engaging throughout the review to ensure that the Whitehall Departments understand how EU competences directly or indirectly impact on our interests, and to ensure that this is taken into account in the review. The current (third) semester, is looking amongst other things at free movement of capital, free movement of services, competition and consumer policy, agriculture, fisheries, and fundamental rights.