EC says Cornwall’s Objective One programme leads the way
An official report into the quality of Objective One programmes across Europe has singled out Cornwall and Scilly for praise.
The report – produced by the European Commission – examined the quality of 116 bids submitted to the EC by 13 member states, including the UK, for Objective One funding during the period 2000-2006.
The UK was praised in a number of areas – but the EC said that within the UK submissions the highest quality was achieved in the bid for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Lord Falconer, Minister for Housing, Planning and Regeneration commented, "I am delighted that the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been agreed with the European Commission. It is a tribute to the hard work and planning undertaken by the local partnership in the region over the last few years. I look forward to seeing the partnership deliver exciting, sustainable projects, which contribute toward a thriving economy in the region."
The EC report highlighted the development of “decentralised, broad and effective partnerships” as a key factor in the success of Objective One programmes, commenting: “Partnership appears to be particularly well developed in countries such as Ireland, the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden."
Cornwall and Scilly’s Objective One partnership involves a large number of organisations from many different spheres of the public, private and voluntary/community sectors.
The EC report said that more extensive partnerships meant the process of putting bids together took longer but was “perhaps more fruitful", and added that in the UK the preparation had also taken longer because of the need for discussion and consensus building.
The UK was also praised for the quality of the evaluation of its Objective One bids, following the Commission’s guidelines and adopting a broader regional strategy to development that should have a positive impact.
The comments on Cornwall’s Objective One Programme are contained in the EC report: The Results Of The Programming Of The Structural Funds For 2000-2006 (Objective One).
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