East of England hosts Brexit regional policy workshop in Brussels

The East of England European Partnership hosted a workshop in Brussels on 28 February on the impact of Brexit on the future of regional policy in the UK and EU post-2020.

In the context of preparing for the British government’s activation of Article 50, this workshop provided participants and speakers with an opportunity to discuss and share ideas on the possible implications of Brexit on the EU’s regional policy and the UK’s own regional development.

Chaired by Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chair of the Europe and International Panel and Deputy Leader of Essex County Council, the workshop examined questions relating to the structure of future policy, implications for the EU budget, impact on European Territorial Cooperation, how the UK might develop its own economic development policy for its nations and regions, what can be learned from the experience of non-EU countries and how they deliver regional development, and how the EU should adapt its regional policy in response to Brexit.

The workshop consisted of two panels and the speakers are listed below:

The impact of Brexit on the UK’s future regional development
Alyn Smith MEP, Greens / European Free Alliance (UK)
Vicki Ford MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists (UK)
Michael Barnes, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership
Katharine Clarke, Hordaland County Council (Norway)

The impact of Brexit on the EU’s regional policy post-2020
Jeroen Lenaers MEP, European People’s Party (The Netherlands)
Spyros Spyridon, EPP Committee of the Regions (Greece)
Nicholas Brookes, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions
Ilse Penders-Stadlmann, Lower Austria Brussels Office

You can download the presentations from the workshop and listen to an audio recording of the event.

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