Located at the heart of EU decision making in Brussels at the premises of the Conference of Peropheral Maritime Regions (CPMR).
We represent the interests of Cornwall in Brussels through policy influence, intelligence and profile.
Providing timely intelligence and information on key strategic policy issues for example on the EU budget, the future of cohesion policy, the future of R&D programmes or on maritime policy.
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is one of two Convergence regions in the UK. Formerly an Objective One region from 2000-2006...
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is one of two Convergence regions in the UK. Formerly an Objective One region from 2000-2006 and likely to be a Less Developed region from 2014-2020, close engagement with the European institutions is a key part of forming and implementing EU policies and funding locally. As the unitary authority for the only Convergence region in England, Cornwall Council relies on effective representation in Brussels to ensure that the opportunities presented by European funding programmes are used to the maximum benefit of the region. Identified partners in this framework agreement Combined Universities in Cornwall and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership are key stakeholders in European funding programmes and have a requirement to influence EU policy and direction whilst remaining informed of developments.
At an EU level, the years 2013 to 2015 will be of strategic importance to Cornwall particularly in the current economic context, as European developments will be dominated by the reshaping of European funds. The region has benefited hugely from European funds. During the current financial framework period, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly receive almost €100 million each year from the Cohesion, R&D and rural development funds. A new Financial Framework will be adopted setting out the main categories of EU spending for the years 2014 until 2020. The regulations will be taken through the legislative process, the eligibility decisions taken and the programmes negotiated during this period. Funding for regional development, rural development, agriculture, R&D, social and environmental programmes will all be revised.
Brussels will remain a place where policies and legislation with an impact on Cornwall will originate. The search for new sources of economic growth, the challenge of climate change, the sustainable and low carbon economy, tackling social inclusion, promoting the Cornish Language and creating new jobs all have relevance for the region and its public authorities. New priorities, such as energy security, integrated rural development and maritime policy integration, offer both challenges and opportunities.
Katie Cavell is the Cornwall Brussels Officer representing the interests of the partnership in Europe. Katie has several years professional experience and increasing responsibility in EU policy development and advising, advocacy, management in an international environment, administration and research. She has a Masters Degree in European Studies and was previously head of the Brussels office for the Welsh Local Government Association.