Channel Islands Ministers meet with European representatives in Brussels

Ministers from Guernsey and Jersey have met with European representatives in Brussels.

Deputy Gavin St Pier, Guernsey's Chief Minister and Senator Ian Gorst, Jersey's Minister for External Relations, were in Belgium to discuss areas of cooperation between the EU and the islands as 'third countries'.

They included issues such as tax, dealing with financial crime and protection of personal data as well as other subjects like climate change.

Deputy Gavin St Pier said the meetings were a success.

We were pleased to highlight the particular contribution that Guernsey and Jersey can play, as specialist finance centres, in the provision of some of the significant funding that is going be required for the decarbonisation of the global and European economies.

Deputy Gavin St Pier, Guernsey's Chief Minister

As Brexit trade talks get underway, Senator Gorst says it was an opportunity to stress the need for a good relationship between the islands and the EU

It was essential to again meet with senior representatives from the EU Institutions to underline Guernsey and Jersey's commitment to maintaining our long-standing policy of being a good neighbour to the EU, whatever the nature of the future UK/EU relationship. It was timely to be able to do so in the same week as the start of the UK/EU negotiations.

Senator Ian Gorst, Jersey's Minister for External Relations