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Ministers to discuss 'joint working' in France

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Ministers from the Channel Islands are to meet politicians in France, to discuss "joint working" between the jurisdictions.

The annual summit takes place on 5 June, in Mont St Michel, and representatives from Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Lower Normandy and La Manche, will be attending.

Education, sport and culture, environment, commerce and strategy, will all be on the agenda.

I am looking forward to what promises to be productive talks with our neighbours in France and Guernsey. The summit provides an opportunity for us to not only acknowledge the valued historic ties between our jurisdictions but to explore areas for future joint working.

Our relationship with France has the potential to make a valuable contribution to the Island’s jobs and growth agenda and I look forward to exploring mutually beneficial opportunities with my fellow attendees.”

– Jersey’s Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst

It was both an honour and a significant step forward to sign the cooperation agreement with the regional authorities in January. I am pleased that we have made this commitment to develop our ties with both France and Jersey, and that the first annual summit between partners comes within the first six months of signing the cooperation agreement.

The summit will provide the opportunity to strengthen the historic relationship and cultural links with our closest neighbours and to discuss some of the areas of potential for joint working for the benefit of the economy and environment.”

– Guernsey’s Chief Minister, Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq