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Cooperation between the Finistère Department and Cornwall County Council

March 2021

Cooperation between the Finistère Department and Cornwall County Council

Climate change doesn’t care about borders and calls for greater solidarity! The Finistère Department and Cornwall County Council have shared values and challenges: regional languages, a Celtic culture, and a strong relationship with the sea and the environment.

The Finistère Department and Cornwall County Council have shared values and challenges: regional languages, a Celtic culture, and a strong relationship with the sea and the environment. Together they have put in place an action plan in order eventually to become carbon-neutral. Joint projects have been launched concerning low-carbon dairy farming, light pollution in regional parks and curbing coastal erosion. Since 1990, all the Interreg programme has made it possible to provide funding for the development of cross-border cooperation projects in Europe. By the start of this year, €14 million had been raised by these partners to carry out a project aimed at reducing plastic in the sea.

• A discussion is under way about a “Brexit Adjustment Reserve”, a temporary fund to support the European territories most affected; and the European Commission has received submissions from departments that border the Channel to make proposals. The Finistère Department and Cornwall County Council are currently examining what non-EU funding might be available.

• Moreover, Brest has a role to play in improving the accessibility of Atlantic territories by establishing itself as the mainland port in the European Union closest Ireland. Discussions are under way to include the port of Brest-Roscoff into the central network as part of the upgrade of the Trans-European Transport Network, TEN-T. This remains a substantial obstacle to overcome as the high-speed rail-line stops in Rennes.

Read the editorial by Frédérique Bonnard-Le Floc’h, the Finistère Department Councillor in charge of higher education, research and European affairs

 

 

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