‘Vital regional connections’ on agenda at talks in Paris

Left-right: Philippe Gosselin, member of the National Assembly of France, representing the Manche department, Deputy Kirsten Morel (Jersey), JerseyJean-Louis Bourlanges, president of the Foreign Affairs Commission and Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq (Guernsey) (37511764)

RENEWABLE energy, sea links and other “vital regional connections” between the Channel Islands, Normandy and Brittany were among the items discussed when ministers from Jersey and Guernsey met fellow politicians and officials in Paris.

Within weeks of new governments taking office in both Bailiwicks, representatives from the two administrations took part in a series of engagements with members of the French National Assembly and the Senate.

Economic Development Minister Kirsten Morel was Jersey’s representative, joining Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq – who has responsibility for external relations in Guernsey – at talks hosted by the British Embassy.

French delegates taking part included regional MPs and Senators, the president of the Foreign Affairs Commission, the UK ambassador to UNESCO, and the Irish ambassador to France.

A joint release issued after the meeting stated that: “Topics of discussion encompassed connectivity and sea links, focusing on vital regional connections with Normandy and Brittany, renewable energy, and initiatives aimed at bolstering ties with the central administration in Paris.”

Deputy Morel said: “Our discussions underscored the importance of regional co-operation between the Channel Islands and France and our joint commitment to further developing this collaboration.

“Additionally, we’ve engaged with principal political stakeholders in Paris discussing key areas of interest such as connectivity.

“This engagement allowed us to explore potential economic and commercial ties, working towards a sustainable and resilient future, for which France plays an important role.”

Deputy Le Tocq added: “I look forward to continuing to work closely with our sister island of Jersey as we continue to further develop this relationship with our closest European neighbour.”

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