Channel Islands find Brussels influence

Jersey and Guernsey recruit head to exert influence in Brussels.

The search has ended for a senior figure to represent the interests of the Channel Islands in Brussels and on a wider international level.

Current British ambassador to Bulgaria, Steve Williams, is set to take up the role of director of European affairs on behalf of Jersey and Guernsey on Monday 4 April 2011.

The announcement comes months after the two jurisdictions began their search for a representative at EU level. On 25 August 2010, a statement was issued by the States of Guernsey that recruitment for the role would begin, with applications closing on 22 September of that year.

At the same time, the post of deputy director to assist the new senior Brussels representative was announced. That appointment will be declared in due course, Channel Islands’ representatives said.

Williams meanwhile will be responsible for representing the Channel Islands’ interests in Brussels and across the EU. He will also hold an advisory role to both the Jersey and Guernsey governments on European and international affairs.

Previously, he acted as the UK’s permanent representation to the EU in Brussels. He spent nearly 30 years with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, holding posts in Oslo, Buenos Aires and Sofia.

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