The First Minister of Wales, the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, hosted the twenty-eighth Summit meeting of the British-Irish Council in Cardiff today. The meeting was attended by Heads of Administration and Ministers from the eight Council administrations: the Irish and UK Governments; the devolved administrations of the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive; and the Governments of the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.
This was the first meeting of the Council since it convened in July for an extraordinary Summit to discuss the outcome of the UK’s referendum on membership of the EU. Today Ministers reflected on developments since that meeting and updated the Council on their activity, particularly with reference to relations between Member Administrations.
The Council reiterated their commitment to facilitating harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships among the people of these islands
Ministers with particular responsibility for early years policy met in advance of the Summit meeting to consider a paper prepared by the Council’s Early Years work sector. This discussion was subsequently taken forward by Heads of Administration who welcomed the progress made by Member Administrations in taking forward the early years agenda since the 2012 Summit. The Council agreed that the early years play a critical role in creating strong foundations for children and families to thrive. They also recognised the importance of investment in the early years. Ministers had a detailed discussion about the key challenges and opportunities ahead and endorsed proposals for future collaboration.
You can read the full Communiqué of the Summit here.