A delegation of forty-five former members of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union will be arriving in Gloucester today on a fact-finding mission.

Gloucester was chosen as a destination as it is built on strong, historic traditions and has an enviable reputation as being a city on the up.

The Association of Former Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body of the European Union made up of leading businessmen, trade unionists, consumers, professionals, farmers, voluntary organisations and other social groups across Europe. EU legislation can only be agreed after the EESC has been consulted. Every year, the influential former members of the EESC make a study visit to an EU country. This year, the UK has been chosen, visiting Oxford and on Friday 16 September, they will visit Gloucester.

The timetable of the visit will include morning visits to two academic institutions with proud reputations.  The EESC group will stop by one of the oldest schools in the country, The Crypt School which dates back to the Sixteenth Century, and Severn Vale School, one of Gloucestershire’s most improved schools in recent years. In the afternoon the group will take part in a discussion with a panel chaired by Neal Carmichael, MP for Stroud and Chairman of the House of Commons Education Committee. The panel will also include Sarah Tufnell (Head Teacher at Barnwood Park Arts College), Sarah Murphy (Vice President of the National Union of Teachers Gloucestershire Division) and Matthew Burgess (Principal Gloucestershire College).

The delegation will also have time in their busy schedule to sample the heritage attractions of Gloucester, now recognised as the top tourist destination in the county following continued, year-on-year sector growth.  The magnificent Gloucester Cathedral, one of the finest Gothic buildings in the world and a much in-demand film location, recently celebrated the 800th anniversary as the site Henry III’s coronation – the last time an English or British monarch was crowned outside of Westminster Abbey.  It has the distinction of being s the number one attraction in the Cotswolds on TripAdvisor.

The respectfully regenerated Gloucester Docks has been proclaimed the best-preserved Victorian inland port in the country and is a magnet for tourists with museums, restaurants and bars, shopping and the award-winning Gloucester Tall Ships Festival. The visit to Gloucester has been supported by Marketing Gloucester.


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