34th British-Irish Council Summit, Scotland 06 November 2020
The British-Irish Council (BIC) held its 34th Summit meeting today hosted virtually by the Scottish Government. The heads of delegation were welcomed by the Right Honourable First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP. A full list of Ministerial participants is attached.
Economic Recovery in the context of Covid-19
Ministers discussed the impact of Covid-19 upon the economies of Member Administrations, reflecting the significant and potentially long-lasting social impacts. The Council also discussed the vision, priorities and opportunities to drive economic recovery, and discussed areas of coherence across Member Administrations.
Latest Political Developments
Ministers noted that since they had last met at a Summit of the British-Irish Council, the Northern Ireland Executive had been restored, and welcomed the participation of the Northern Ireland Executive First Minister and deputy First Minister.
Ministers took the opportunity to discuss the latest political developments across their jurisdictions and engaged on topics of mutual interest such as the economy and trade.
Ministers also updated the Council on their activity in relation to the UK’s exit from the European Union earlier this year.
The Council also noted the Secretariat’s 2019/20 End of Year and 2020/21 Midyear Reports and welcomed the publication of the Council’s Annual Report for 2019/20.
Next Summit Meeting
The Council noted that the next BIC Summit would be hosted by the Northern Ireland Executive.
06 November 2020