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EAST ANGLIA AUTHORITIES TO GET BRUSSELS OFFICE

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A local authority-funded office in Brussels is to give East Anglia a greater voice in Europe, reports the East Angl...
A local authority-funded office in Brussels is to give East Anglia a greater voice in Europe, reports the East Anglia Daily Times (p12).

County, district and borough councils in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire will contribute to a one-year trial for the office which is intended to act as a contact point with the EU and a lobby for the region's interests.

Costs for the first year will be£3,410 for counties and£1,360 for districts and boroughs.

The proposal put forward by the Standing Conference of East Anglian Local Authorities (SCEALA) is set to get the green light at a meeting on Friday. Only Baerbergh DC and two Cambridgeshire DCs have rejected the proposal, with Baerbergh arguing the future role of the UK in Europe was unclear.

SCEALA chairman Joe Gluza said many other regions had found a Brussels office effective, and there was concern that East Anglia could lose out if it did not found a European presence.
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