FEB 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Coventry Link With Czech Mate
Delegates from the
city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic are currently in Coventry
working with the City Council and The Chamber to understand and apply
best practice in local government and develop more opportunities to
improve business and trade links.
Senior local government officers and business representatives from
Ostrava are in Coventry until Sunday 27 February.
During the visit the City Council have explained how new approaches
to local government apply to local authorities in England; and
Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber have held talks with delegates to
support respective links between small and medium sized business in
The two cities have already set-up a joint two-year training
project, funded by the European Union for middle and senior local
City Council Leader, John Fletcher, said:
"The City Council has embraced new ways of working to
provide better, more efficient services. So we welcome the
opportunity to share our experiences with our partners from Ostrava.
"By helping to establish more stable local government and
economies in the Czech Republic we are in a better position to get
financial help from Europe to fund more training and economic
Nigel Gaynor, Director of Products and Marketing at The Chamber,
"We are delighted to be able to continue the dialogue which
came out of our initial visit. Now the hard work begins in turning
those aspirations into increased trade between our two cities."
Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber, supported by the City Council
signed a co-operation agreement with Ostrava in October 1999.
Coventry’s links are helping the Czech Republic prepare for
accession to the EU.
Coventry University are also meeting with the delegation to outline
their engineering and innovation work. They recently secured funding
from the DTI to visit Ostrava in October 2000.
Robert Worrall, Coventry City Council International Projects Manager
024 76 831081