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Friday, 27 September 2013

"Does Bailhache Think The French Black Listed Jersey Out Of Spite?"

Bailhache discusses French relations

Jersey’s new Foreign Minister, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache met with France’s Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Bernard Emie yesterday to try and improve relations with the country.

A senior official from the French Ministry of Finance was also there to discuss removing Jersey from the France’s ‘non-cooperative states’.

Senator Bailhache said: “We discussed the technical criteria that governed the French authorities’ decision to place the Island on their list of non-cooperative jurisdictions. We remain committed to resolving these issues and removing Jersey from the list as quickly as possible.”

Treasury and Resources Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf, added: “I am satisfied that everything possible is being done to attempt to resolve the issues with the French tax authority. I am grateful for the efforts being made by the Minister for External Relations and our officials.”

Commenting on the meeting Jersey Finance CEO, Geoff Cook, said:

“Yesterday’s meeting is positive news and we particularly welcome the level of engagement that our government has so far achieved, including the direct involvement of the French Finance Ministry, and the assurances from both Senator Bailhache and Senator Ozouf that the issue is being given the highest priority."

The next meeting will be held in Paris in early October.