The 20th British-Irish Council Summit took place at Magee College, Derry~Londonderry, on 21st June 2013. The meeting was chaired by the Northern Ireland First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson MLA, and the Deputy First Minister, Mr. Martin McGuinness MLA and brought together leaders from the UK and Irish Governments, the devolved administrations of the Scottish and Welsh Governments and Northern Ireland Executive, the Isle of Man Government and the Governments of Jersey and Guernsey.
The Council welcomed the hosting of the Summit in Derry~Londonderry, during the city’s tenure as UK City of Culture 2013 and received a presentation from the Culture Company set-up to deliver the city’s cultural programme. The Council agreed to establish a new work sector on BIC Creative Industries, to be led by the Government of Jersey. The Council discussed the current economic situation in the different Member Administrations with a particular focus on energy costs and youth employment.
The Council also endorsed the publication of the first BIC Annual Report which is now available on this website.
Read the full Summit communiqué
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 Administrations of the Scottish and Welsh Governments and the Northern Ireland Executive, the Isle of Man Government and the Governments of Jersey and Guernsey.