The Summit brought together representative from the UK and Irish Governments, the devolved administrations of the Scottish and Welsh Governments and Northern Ireland Executive, the Government of the Isle of Man and the States of Jersey and Guernsey.
The Council held substantive discussions on the common effectiveness of programmes and policies to support youth employment. The Council considered activities underway to support the development and deployment of marine energy technologies and endorsed the formalisation of an EU-wide partnership for marine renewables through establishing an Ocean Energy ERA-NET collaborative action during 2012 between Member States and the Commission.
The Council also considered activities underway in the other BIC sectoral groups and today Administrations launched a common approach to web-based travel information for people with reduced mobility. The common webpage was developed through the work of the Accessible Transport Sub-Group of the British Irish Council. The objective of the initiative is to reduce the barriers faced by people with reduced mobility in accessing transport information.
Click the links below for the travel information webpages of each Member Administration which are currently online:
Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/mobility)
Webpages will be forthcoming to cover England, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.
Read the full Summit communiqué here
The British-Irish Council was created under Strand Three of the Agreement reached at the Multi-Party Talks on Northern Ireland on Friday 10 April 1998 to “promote the harmonious and mutually beneficial development of the totality of relationships among the people of these islands”. It was formally established by an Agreement signed by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland on 8 March 1999, which came into force on 2 December 1999.
The Members of the British-Irish Council are the Irish and UK Governments, together with the devolved of the Scottish and Welsh Governments and Northern Ireland Executive, the Government of the Isle of Man and the States of Jersey and Guernsey.