The British-Irish Council established under the 1998 Multi-Party Agreement held its twenty-first Summit meeting today, hosted by the Government of Jersey’s Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst, in the L’Horizon Hotel, St Brelade’s Bay.
The meeting was attended by Leaders and Ministers from the eight BIC member administrations: the UK and Irish Governments; the devolved administrations of the Scottish and Welsh Governments and Northern Ireland Executive; the Governments of the Isle of Man, Guernsey and the host, Jersey.
The Council focused on the economy, including the effectiveness of programmes and policies to support youth employment and also considered the work plan for the newly established creative industries work sector.
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.