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Jersey's chief minister to meet officials in Brussels

Jersey's chief minister is meeting senior European Union officials in Brussels.

The visit aims to strengthen the link between Jersey and Europe.

Senator Terry Le Sueur and Steve Williams, Director of European Affairs, will meet Sir Kim Darroch, the UK's Permanent Representative to the EU.

They will discuss policies where the islands have strong economic interests in how EU rules are shaped, such as shipping, aviation and data protection.

The chief minister will also meet senior advisors to both the current European Commission President, Jose Barroso, and to Commissioner Algirdas Semeta, Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud.

Senator Le Sueur said: "The establishment of the Channel Islands Brussels Office is a demonstration of our need to have direct engagement with Europe that is distinct from, but has the full support of the UK.

"It is important to remember that, while the islands are geographically small jurisdictions, our combined output is in the region of six billion euros, with global funds under active management of 500 billion euros.

"In other words, we can - and do - make a contribution to the wider European economy.

"Developing a stronger relationship with Europe and showing willingness to engage in discussion as good neighbours, will be of mutual benefit."

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