Protocol of Co-operation - Cornwall and Finistère
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Protocol of Co-operation - Cornwall and
Cornwall Council and the Conseil général du Finistère in Brittany,
France have developed a protocol of co-operation to allow the two
regions to work more closely on topics of common interest.
The main goals of the protocol are:
- to develop common actions and possibly apply for joint
application to European funding
- to identify common interests
- to exchange knowledge and experiences
- to share networks and to enable stakeholders to develop actions
in common areas of interests.
The two Councils have formally signed a letter of intent for
co-operation and the protocol was signed in May 2008.
On 13 September 2011, Cornwall Council
and the Conseil General du Finistère signed a two year action plan
to develop activities under the protocol.
Action Plan 2012-13
The 2012-13 Action Plan looks to developmen the success of the
previous Action Plans focussing on the most relevant topics in
these difficult economic times, and the current policies of the two
organisations. European projects promoting research and innovation
through the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme and FP7 will
be a key priority. Direct collaborations between the two
institutions will still exist, but a focus on enabling other local
actots to develop joint projects will be especially encouraged.
Two cross-cutting themes will steer the
2012-2013 Action Plan:
Cooperation between socio-economic
Actions to promote co-operation between
private and voluntary sector organisations of the two territories
will be key. This theme is relatively new to the cooperation
and will be developed over the course of the action plan.
Development of the knowledge economy and
openness to the world are priorities for the two Councils.
Exchanges around training, employment and links between
further/higher education institutions will be encouraged in order
to develop this.
The two institutions will focus on two
priorities for 2012-2013:
Sustainable development is at the heart of
economic development and the issue of climate change is tackled
within the policies of our two institutions.
Examples of potential activity for this
- Exchanges on waste management
- Cooperation between businesses on reducing the carbon
footprint (low-carbon sector)
Tourism plays an important role in the
economic development of our two territories.
Examples of potential activity for this
- A joint promotional campaign
- Exchanges between businesses on training and
- Exchange of experience regarding marketing and public
relations for small businesses
- Discussions around adding value to local
Action Plan 2010-2011
In March 2010, Cornwall Council and the
Conseil General du Finistère signed a two year action plan to
develop activities under the protocol.
The four key themes for this action plan are
- Sustainable development
Environmental sustainability is at
the heart of economic development and the issue of climate change
is tackled within the policies of our two institutions. The
geographical position of both regions has ensured that their
environment and natural resources provide the bedrock of a large
part of their economies. As peripheral, maritime regions, situated
at the extremities of energy pipelines, Cornwall and Finistère are
ideally suited to develop projects on new technologies, marine
energies and climate change.
Cornwall and Finistère rely heavily on
tourism for economic development. It is a key sector of activity in
both regions, and given the close geographic and cultural
similarities this is clearly a significant area of potential
Both regions offer an enviable
array of historic and cultural offers both with their roots firmly
based in Celtic tradition. From the use of the Cornish and Breton
language, traditional dance, music to food, art and festivals,
Cornwall and Finistère have many options to consider for potential
- Encouraging inward
By the very nature of their
situation, the two regions are seaward-looking, trading nations.
These characteristics have always attracted key sectors and skilled
workers to the regions. Their openings on the world need to be
supported by modern communication networks and infrastructure well
adapted to attract new business. This also encompasses the reversal
of the “brain drain” and managing issues related to an ageing
The development initiatives on other themes,
such as youth or agriculture, will still be encouraged as will
exchange of best practice between the two regions.
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