At Press conference signing MOU 4

20 Oct 2022

Annual summit with Normandy and la Manche in Caen


The annual Summit of the Channel Islands, the Manche department and the Normandy region, which has been held since 2015 alternately in the Channel Islands and Normandy, is taking place this year in Caen at the Abbaye aux Dames, one of the jewels of Norman heritage and headquarters of the Regional Council of Normandy.

Jonathan Le Tocq and Philip Ozouf, Ministers of External Relations of Guernsey and Jersey were able to discuss with their host Hervé Morin, President of Normandy, and Jean Morin President of the Manche department. The Jersey Chief Minister Kristina Moore et Ian Carter, States Member of the States of Alderney joined the discussion by video conference.

The 2022 agenda of this strategic meeting focused on three main issues that affect all parties: the consequences of Brexit and its impact on mobility, trade and fisheries; general bilateral relations in terms of education, culture, sport and trade; and the consequences of climate change on coastal areas, common issues to our territories. This last subject was the topic of an afternoon visit to the wave canals at the Builders for Society engineering school in Epron and the breakwater equipped with bio-sourced concrete blocks from the CHERLOC project in Ouistreham.

The summit was also an opportunity to present an annual review of regional cooperation in terms of education, culture, trade, tourism and other projects related to this partnership.

Finally, it marked the renewal of the cooperation agreement for another three years, confirming the continued desire of all parties to work closely together in areas of mutual interest.

Guernsey's Bailiff and other island officials