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Protocol of Co-operation - Cornwall and Finistere

Cooperation Agreement between Cornwall and Finistère

On the 2nd October 2018 Cornwall Council reaffirmed its cooperation agreement with Finistère, our neighbouring local authority across the channel in France.

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Cornwall Council and Conseil Departemental du Finistère have worked in close partnership since 1989 and have had a formalised Cooperation Agreement in place since 2007.

Cornwall is proud of this longstanding partnership across the channel. The partnership aims to promote cooperation for the mutual benefit of our communities and has succeeded in bringing together businesses, community groups and individuals to share experience and expertise and build a strong cultural understanding across the two areas.

The partnership is built on our shared marine environment and our proud maritime history. The partnership focusses on tourism, youth, culture & regional languages, blue and green growth and agriculture, and has evolved and grown over the years. The cooperation is a great example of what can be achieved through regional cooperation.

To date, the partnership has helped to develop more than 20 successful projects with EU funding, worth over 4.7 million EUR, building knowledge and expertise in a wide range of areas. It has also allowed us to learn from each other and share best practice experience.

The joint priorities for the cooperation are outlined in the 2018-20 Action Plan;

  • Blue and green growth
  • Adapting to a post-Brexit world
  • Tourism, culture and regional languages
  • Agriculture and fisheries
  • Vibrant and inclusive communities, including opportunities for young people

Key to making the partnership function on a day to day basis the international officer from Finistère who is based in the Economic Growth Service at Cornwall Council to support and facilitate the partnership. Over the years this role has been instrumental in facilitating projects, visits and exchange of best practice. Laura Paillat is the current role holder.

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Katie Dalsgaard, Economic Growth