South Bohemia working with Cornwall
Bohemia and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been exchanging
views on how to promote regional economic regeneration.
Following a meeting in Brussels this month (October) the
Governor of South Bohemia, Jan Zahradnik, suggested that his
region could learn much from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly's
development during the Objective One Programme and staff could
even be sent to this region for training.
Carleen Kelemen and Mark Yeoman, Director and Deputy Director
respectively of the Objective One Partnership, had been invited
to give a presentation to top level officials and politicians
from the region of South Bohemia at an event in Brussels.
The event was co-organised by the South West UK Brussels Office
and the Region of South Bohemia Permanent Office to encourage
the exchange of good practice and further cooperation between
the two regions.
Following the presentation a discussion was arranged between
the Partnership directors and Governor Zahradnik. He said
that there were many similarities between Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly and his own region, which is in the South
of the Czech Republic.
The Governor explained: "Cornwall and South Bohemia
have many connections - beautiful nature, underdeveloped industry,
a large agricultural sector and an important tourism sector.
"In Cornwall, a military airport (RAF St Mawgan)
is being developed, offering the possibility of synergies
between Cornwall and South Bohemia. In South Bohemia we also
want to develop a former military airport to encourage more
tourism internationally. There may be a possibility of sharing
experience around this. South Bohemia is particularly interested
in sending their staff for training."
Governor Zharadnik also praised the way environmentally sustainable
methods have been used side by side with economic development.
He said: "South Bohemia also values the use of environmental
protection in Cornwall to create more jobs. In South Bohemia,
environmental protection is seen as a prevention of development."
Carleen Kelemen added: "This is the second presentation
we have given for this region this year. It is encouraging
to realise that other EU regions are looking to Cornwall and
the Isles of Scilly for examples of good practice in using
structural funds. This region has several highly successful
projects that have been recognised as exemplars nationally
and in the EU. It is vital that we build on these platforms
of success in the Convergence programmes to further strengthen
the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."
For further information please contact Clare Morgan, Media
Relations Manager for the Objective One Partnership Office
on 01872 223439 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Bohemia has two public universities: one old and one
new. These provide good employment opportunities in the region,
allowing people to learn special professions and new skills.
South Bohemia, with a population of 625,000, also had Celtic
inhabitants before the Germans and Slavs.
For further information on South Bohemia see: www.southbohemia.eu/?p=p_14
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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Telephone: 01872 223439