Minister praises region's Objective One aims
and the Isles of Scilly have won praise from a Government
Minister at the recent UK Presidency of the EU conference.
The two-day conference, "Regional and Rural Development
Programmes 2007-2013", was held earlier this month (November)
in Newcastle and Gateshead and attended by representatives
from EU member states. The UK currently has EU Presidency.
Mark Yeoman, Deputy Director of the Objective One Partnership
for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, was invited to speak
at the conference. While he was there Jim Knight, Minister
for Rural Affairs, openly praised this region's handling
of Objective One investment.
Mr Knight said: "Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
are using Objective One in innovative ways - including demonstrating
the importance of the environment as an economic driver and
knowledge transfer into a rural economy through the Combined
Universities in Cornwall."
Mr Yeoman said: "This comment wholly supports the
aims for the Objective One Programme in Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly. The Partnership believes investment in a more knowledge-led
economy, with the environment underpinning everything, is
key to making this region a wealthier place. It is gratifying
to see this publicly recognised and endorsed by central Government."
Mr Yeoman himself gave a talk entitled "Integrating
Environmental Considerations into Regional and Rural Development
Programmes." He explained how Objective One had been
invested in restoring historic town centres; building environmentally
friendly business units and teaching farmers river and wildlife
management which can lead to better farming practices and
healthier cattle. He also talked about the environment's
central role in the Combined Universities in Cornwall and
in actnow, the project that has meant high speed broadband
Internet access across the region. This has helped to cut
travel costs and fuel consumption by making it easy for businesses
to operate from home.
Since the conference requests for copies of the presentation
have been received from other UK structural fund programme
areas, the DG Environment office in Brussels and the Hungarian
Office for Territorial and Regional Development.
The speeches and presentations given during the two days
can now be downloaded from our Structural Funds website at
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
back to top