22 Jan 2015

Signing of cooperation agreement with Normandy


On 22nd January a cooperation agreement was signed between the Channel Islands, Lower Normandy and La Manche  The Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst, the Chief Minister of Guernsey, Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Neil Harvey, Chairman of the Policy and Finance Committee, and Conseiller Charles Maitland, Chairman of Sark’s Policy & Performance Committee on behalf of the Chief Pleas of Sark signed the agreement along with President Laurent Beauvais, President of the Regional Council of Lower Normandy and President Jean-François Le Grand, President of the General Council of La Manche. The purpose of the agreement is to develop institutional partnerships and strengthen exchanges in the areas of economic development, tourism, education and culture.

Deputy Le Tocq commented: “I am delighted to be further strengthening our relationship with La Manche and Lower Normandy, and to be doing so not just in partnership with Alderney and Sark but also with Jersey. We have a historic shared culture with our Norman cousins, and many shared interests including business, transport, energy and education.”

Senator Gorst added: “I am very pleased to be signing this agreement on behalf of Jersey. France is our nearest neighbour and it is important that we continue to develop new links and strengthen existing relationships at regional and national levels. Through the successful establishment of a joint Bureau des Iles Anglo-Normandes with Guernsey, we are now well resourced to do this in partnership across both islands.”

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