Jonathan Le Tocq visited Brussels on 16-17 October. Deputy Le Tocq is the Deputy Chief Minister and Home Affairs Minister of Guernsey. It was his second visit to Brussels since taking up his Ministerial post, his first having been in December 2012.
During his visit he held talks with the political advisers to the EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, and the EU Home Affairs Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom. Deputy Le Tocq underlined the Channel Islands close interest in the current negotiations on updating EU data protection rules (Guernsey and Jersey have both been officially assessed by the Commission as being among the small number of third country jurisdictions to meet current EU data protection standards). Deputy Le Tocq also reviewed the close cooperation between Channel Islands judicial and law enforcement services with their counterparts in EU member states and with EU bodies.
Deputy Le Tocq hosted a meeting with representatives of other small jurisdictions to exchange views on the development of our respective relations with the EU. He met with the French Permanent Representative to discuss EU policy issues relevant to the bilateral relationship between the Channel Islands and France. He also met with the Lord Mayor-designate of the City of London, who was visiting Brussels at the same time.