I have neglected to upload my most recent articles in the Cornish Guardian. The article in the edition dated 3rd July, addressed the announcement that
qualify for the next round of European funding. It was as follows:
It is fifteen years ago, this month, that one thousand people marched across the
symbolically blocking one of the main entranceways into Tamar Bridge Cornwall.
Known as “Operation Trelawny,” it was the last significant event organised by
the pressure group Cornish Solidarity.
The main campaigning plank of the Solidarity movement was the demand for
Cornwall to receive
European funding to help boost Cornwall’s
ailing economy. It was clear to most people that Cornwall
should qualify for the funding because Cornwall’s
gross domestic product ( GDP) was less than
75% of the EU average.
out on funding in 1992/1993, when a previous application for has been made on a
“ Cornwall and Devon”
At this time,
GDP was around 76% of the EU average, which
could have triggered many hundreds of millions of pounds of structural funding.
But because Cornwall was linked to Devon,
the joint figure for GDP came out at 83%.
Fortunately for the
in the late 1990s, the campaign to disaggregate from Devon
for statistical purposes was successful. Significant investment was secured and,
from 1999 onwards, our local communities, institutions and businesses have
benefited from a range of funding programmes including Objective One and
The investment certainly helped to boost the local economy and underpinned a number of key projects such as the Combined Universities. And for a number of years,
economy was growing at a faster rate than other regions – albeit from a much
But that has changed. The most recent figures show that the Cornish economy has struggled during the recent economic downturn.
GDP is now slipping back at a faster rate
than other parts of the UK
and we also have a lower economic output than Slovakia
as well as some regions in Romania
It is therefore very good news that
and the Isles of Scilly will receive further European investment of over €500
million between 2014 and 2020, and we need to maximise the benefit of this