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Council cancels £50k event because of coronavirus

Council cancels £50k event because of coronavirus

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:47am 16th March 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Cornwall Council has had to cancel an international conference that it was set to host and had spent £50,000 on organising, due to coronavirus.

The council was set to host a meeting of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) for three days next week.

However the event has been cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

It was holding the event at Fistral Beach Hotel in Newquay and had contracted PR company Excess Energy to undertake the event management.

Contract information published online indicates that the council was paying Excess Energy £50,000 to organise the event.

However there is no indication whether this also includes the cost of the venue and other associated costs.

There is also no indication whether the council was also going to be responsible for accommodation or other costs for delegates who were coming from all over Europe.

The two-day event was to have a summit around aviation on the first day – March 18th – and the following day there was to be a CPMR political bureau meeting.

The CPMR website stated that both events had been cancelled “in the context of the coronavirus epidemic”.

Under the contract information published online the details state: 

"Purpose of contract is to event manage and deliver a CPMR event hosted by Cornwall Council on the 18-20th March 2020.

"The event will be attended by 70-80 leaders of councils and regional governments from across Europe and is an important part of Cornwall Council post-Brexit policy work.”

The CPMR brings together 150 regions from 24 EU states and beyond and has bases in France and Belgium.

It is in favour of more balanced development of the European territory and operates as a think tank and a lobby for regions.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service asked Cornwall Council for more information about how much money it had spent on the event, whether it was likely to be able to recoup the cost and if the event was to be rescheduled.

This story will be updated if a response is received.

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