16 Sep 2016

Quadrilateral summit in Jersey


The President of the Normandy Region, Hervé Morin, and the President of La Manche, Philippe Bas, made an official visit to the Channel Islands on 15 and 16 September 2016.

On 15 September, they spent the day in Guernsey, where they met with the Bailiff, the Chief Minister and members of the business community. The following day, the delegation (including representatives of the States of Guernsey) visited Jersey to attend an annual summit. The summit explored opportunities for partnership between the four jurisdictions (Jersey, Guernsey, La Manche and the Normandy Region), as agreed in the cooperation agreement that was signed in Normandy last year.

The delegation was welcomed to Jersey by the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, and they were also joined by the Prefect of La Manche, Mr. Jacques Witkowski, who represented the French State at the summit. Representative of the Chief Pleas of Sark, associate member of the agreement, also attended.

Since the inaugural summit in Mont Saint Michel last year, there have been elections in Normandy and Guernsey. This year’s summit will therefore serve as a formal welcome to the President of Normandy, Hervé Morin, the President of La Manche, Philippe Bas, and Guernsey’s Chief Minister, Deputy Gavin St Pier.

An action plan was also presented, proposing joint projects in higher education, academic exchanges, culture, environment (including marine renewable energy), tourism and other areas of the economy.

A signing ceremony to renew the cooperation agreement between the four parties and extend it to a larger scale in Normandy concluded the meeting.

Guernsey's Bailiff and other island officials