European Parliament

Cornwall Council to close Brussels Office

Cornwall Council has started the process to close the Cornwall Brussels Office reflecting the shift in policy focus from Brussels to London following the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU).

The office represents the interests of Cornwall in Brussels and was established by Cornwall Council, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and the Combined Universities in Cornwall.

It seeks to help local stakeholders make the most out of engagement in Europe and the new relationship between the UK and the EU.

With the original contract due to end in January 2022, the decision by Council Leader, Councillor Linda Taylor, will see the office close in September 2021, releasing a budget of around £25,000, which the council will use to invest in projects to support the local economy.

Commenting, Ms Taylor said: “Our priority is the residents of Cornwall and making our beautiful Duchy a better place to live and work.

“Decisions are no longer made in Brussels and closing the Cornwall Brussels Office reflects this shift with decision-making now resting firmly in the UK.

“Closing the office allows us to free up funds to invest in our local economy and deliver on our promise to spend Cornish taxpayers money wisely.”

In order to ensure value for money during the three-month notice period to end the contract, the Cornwall Brussels Office will focus on G7 legacy and trade and investment links.

The council said this will support Cornish stakeholders in accessing the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, as well as providing policy advice to Cornish businesses on the new UK-EU relationship, as the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement beds in.

Developing an integrated, sustainable transport network for Nottingham

PSE June/July 22

Developing an integrated, sustainable transport network for Nottingham

Our June/July edition of PSE we bring you expert comment and analysis on a range of public sector topics, from digital transformation to health and social care and the workforce. Learn about how important ethics are in public service, or how Brighton and Hove City Council are focusing on travel and transport as we head towards a net zero world as well as so much more…


View all videos
PSE365 Cyber Security

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public Sector Cyber Security Virtual Event | 14 July 2022

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Upcoming Webinar

Webinar: Driving sustainability & value through technology end-of-life

End-of-life is often overlooked yet is equally as important to a digital strategy, but what happens to end-of-life technology? What is the impact on the environment, net zero targets? What is the financial impact, is value for money for the taxpayer simply discarded and destroyed along with the technology?

Join us on 13 September between 2:00pm-2:45pm where we look to address the lifecycle of a digital strategy with a focus on end-of-life using examples, achieving efficiency, increased sustainability and delivering cost savings.

Guest Panellists:

Adam Turner, Head of Government and Public Sector Sustainable ICT and Digital, DEFRA
Ben Levin, Senior Manager, Technology Assesment and Criteria Development, Global Electronics Council
Fredrik Forslund, Vice President, Enterprise & Cloud Erasure Solutions, Blancco
Ben Tongue, Digital Net Zero Lead, NHS England

More articles...

View all