On 30 April and 1st May, the UK Government hosted a workshop at Kew Gardens, London on the threat posed to BIC Member Administrations from Invasive Non-Native Species (those animal and plant species not originally from these islands). The workshop was attended by over 35 delegates representing all BIC jurisdictions and followed a decision by Environment Ministers at their last meeting to consider further collaboration on this important issue.
Student mobility is an important component of the migration flows of the BIC Member Administrations. Each year a substantial number of young people will leave home to take up a place at university. At the end of the course many will move again, usually to take up employment or to continue their studies at another higher education institution.
The 19th British-Irish Council Summit took place at Cardiff Castle, Wales on 26th November 2012. The meeting was chaired by the First Minister of Wales, Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM.
The Summit brought together representatives 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.