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Strengthening the links with Wales’ Celtic Cousins

Wales’ special relationship with Brittany was given a further boost today when First Minister Carwyn Jones addressed the Breton Regional Council in Rennes, renewing the Welsh Government’s commitment to further cooperation between the two countries.
Friday 24 June 2011

The First Minister was invited to Brittany by Monsieur Jean-Yves le Drian, President of the Regional Council.

Reflecting on the common ties between Wales and Brittany, the First Minister praised the co-operation between the two countries on areas including culture, language, health, agriculture and sustainable development. He said that  the partnership was continuing to deliver real mutual benefit:

“By working together we shape and influence policy on an international stage and further promote the role of regional governments.  Wales and Brittany are both longstanding members of The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR). With our work on Cohesion Policy and Common Agricultural Policy reform CPMR is an example of how regional cooperation can have real benefits.”

The First Minister identified areas where the Welsh and Breton Governments could develop their work together, particularly in relation to climate change and a possible joint-bid to EuropeAid to increase the amount of community level engagement with sub Saharan Africa.

Monsieur Le Drian and the First Minister later signed a document reaffirming continued co-operation between Wales and Brittany.

 

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