PUBLIC SECT0R: Birmingham steps up EU lobbying work

Birmingham Forward, the not-for-profit body set up to promote the business case for the area, has bolstered its lobbying efforts in Europe.

The body is now preparing a lobbying action plan to target specific groups as it battles to gain further investment for the region.

Birmingham Forward executive director Lorraine Francis said the plan, due to be completed this summer, follows the body's first official delegation to Brussels earlier this month.

Francis said 'Our priorities are understanding the policy- making process and finding ways in which we can influence legislation at an early stage.'

Lobbying work is being managed by Francis, with support from the West Midlands in Europe Office in Brussels, which was set up to promote economic regeneration and tourism in the area.

The move follows recent disappointment for Birmingham, which earlier this month was beaten by Liverpool to be named European Capital of Culture in 2008.

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