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27.06.06
Czech conference hears of Cornwall success

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is becoming increasingly recognised across Europe for its ground breaking projects and good practice in the delivery of its Objective One Programme.

As part of this recognition news of Cornwall's success during the Objective One programme was last week presented to several top representatives from the Czech Republic.

As the Czech regions prepare for their first full round of structural fund programmes Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were one of only three European regions outside the Czech Republic (together with Saxony in Germany and Opolskie in Poland), that took part in a conference designed to help in the preparation of the new Czech regional programmes.

The conference took place in Brussels on Monday (June 16th) as part of Czech Week. Carleen Kelemen and Mark Yeoman, Director and Deputy Director of the Objective One Partnership respectively, played major roles in both the morning round table discussion followed by a question and answer session and in the afternoon of presentations.

Ms Kelemen said: "Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is becoming recognised across Europe for the groundbreaking projects and good practice during this Objective One Programme. This was demonstrated by the fact that we were one of three regions outside the Czech Republic to be invited to give presentations at this conference."

The morning session involved a three-hour seminar with senior representatives from the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany. A discussion was held about the quality of the current Objective One programme across the regions, how the investment has been applied and the quality of the subsequent projects. In the afternoon Ms Kelemen and Mr Yeoman gave presentations illustrating some of Cornwall's best projects and how the environment is central to the Programme.

The conference was organised by Representation offices of the Czech regions of Central Bohemia, Karlovy Vary, Liberec, Pilsen and South Bohemia, in collaboration with the Committee of the Regions. Other keynote speakers included Gerhard Stahl, of the Committee of the Regions; Michelle Pasca-Raymondo, of DG Regional Policy, and Miroslav Mikulasik, of the European Parliament.

The profile of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been increasing in the EU with the Partnership Office and the Combined Universities in Cornwall having already been invited to give several presentations both in this region and in Brussels.

For further information please contact the Objective One Communications Team, Tel: 01872 223439/07973 813647, Email: cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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