Euro delegation visits Hastings

The Eurotown delegation together with the council's leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch
The Eurotown delegation together with the council's leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch

A group of delegates from the Continent visited town last week to take part in a conference.

The 10-strong team, from Ulm in Germany, Schiedam in the Netherlands, Girona in Spain, and Eskilstuna, Galve and Molndal in Sweden, came to 1066 Country from last Wednesday to Friday (September 17 to 19) for the Creative and Cultural Sector Growth meeting.

The delegates were from places in the Eurotowns network, which aims to support medium-sized cities and towns.

Hastings Borough Council is leading on this new Euro task force team that will look at the creative and cultural growth of the towns, to work together for common benefit and to identify funding opportunities.

Councillor Jeremy Birch, the council’s leader, said: “We were very pleased to welcome delegates from seven of the 17 towns in the Eurotowns network.

“The Eurotowns mission is to support medium-sized cities in Europe to be attractive, inclusive and sustainable places that are well-equipped to deliver Europe 2020 goals.

“During the two-day visit delegates discussed themes such as how a city’s creative and cultural infrastructure can be used to help young people and communities gain skills and confidence to engage in civic and economic life and how Eurotown partnerships can be used to develop and expand cultural and creative businesses.”

Europe 2020 is a 10-year strategy proposed by the European Commission in March 2010 for advancement of the economy of the European Union. Aims include raising the employment rate of the population aged 20–64 from the current 69 per cent to at least 75 per cent.