The Scottish Government EU Office in Brussels organises a programme of policy and cultural events each year. Our events take place in Scotland House, on Rond Point Schuman, located in the heart of the EU decision making district of Brussels.
List of events: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Event – 20 June
On 20 June, the Scottish Government and the SCVO co-hosted a panel discussion to discuss the impact of Brexit on the third sector and the importance of the voice of civil society. Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, gave the main address focussing on the importance of civil society bringing forward ideas; the importance of maintaining existing equality, human rights and social protections; the importance of due process and continued input from the third sector during the Article 50 negotiations; and the importance of discussion around the consequences of Brexit. The Minister was joined by Maggie Lennon, Director of the Bridges Programmes, and Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General of the European Movement International, for a panel discussion chaired by John Downie, SCVO. Discussion included the impact of Brexit on European funding; the economy and knock-on effect on employability support; the importance of engaging with the third sector given its experience with many of the key issues which will be considered in the Article 50 negotiations; and the importance of accessing and using wider networks and expertise across Europe.
SIMPATHY Event – 27 April
On 27 April, the Scottish Government hosted the final conference of the SIMPATHY Project (Stimulating Innovation Management of Polypharmacy and Adherence in The Elderly) on Active and Healthy Ageing - Addressing the Challenges of Multi-Medication in Europe's Elderly Population. The conference brought together ten organisations from across Europe to address topics in health service provision and sustainable management of medication among the elderly. The stakeholders explored opportunities for further European initiatives to improve the management of polypharmacy and support change across the EU. The event was hosted by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison. The Scottish Government is the lead partner in the project, reflecting Scotland's expertise and leadership in this field. The event was very well attended by representatives from a number of pharmacy and medical associations across Europe, academics, health care professionals, representatives from the EU Institutions and health experts from EU member states and regions. Ms Robison invited participants to sign a 'pledge wall' at the event to show their support for change and improvement in polypharmacy management to ensure comprehensive, integrated and patient-centred solutions are provided across health care services.
Young Scot Event - 13 March
On 13 March, the Scottish Government and Young Scot, Scotland’s Youth information and citizenship charity, organised a roundtable event in Scotland House that brought together young people from Scotland and other European countries to exchange their views on the future of Europe, particularly in light of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The event was hosted by Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe. It provided a good opportunity for young people to engage with their peers and discuss ways of tackling key issues for Europe, such as promoting human rights, international security, protecting the environment and studying, working and travelling abroad, which had been identified as particularly important to young people in a survey undertaken by Young Scot. Participants proposed several ideas for managing these issues through collaboration at a European level.
Annual Burns Concert - 25 January
The Scottish Government EU Office hosted its annual Burns Concert at Scotland House on 25 January to mark the birthday of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. The event featured talented students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who entertained guests with a concert and a performance of Address to a Haggis, one of Burns' most well known poems. This was followed by a reception of traditional Scottish specialties including Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. The event drew in a large audience of Brussels stakeholders and Scots living in Brussels.
Annual Burns Supper - 23 January
On 23 January, Mr Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training, hosted the Scottish Government EU Office's Annual Burns Supper at the Residence of the UK Permanent Representative to the EU. The event showcased Scotland's traditions and heritage to European Partners as students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland performed some of Burns' best-loved works. The Burns Supper also provided an opportunity to welcome the new Presidencies of the Council of the EU for 2017, Malta and Estonia.
Scotland's Place in Europe - 15 January
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop, hosted an event at Scotland House on 15 January to discuss the document Scotland's Place in Europe, a set of proposals designed to mitigate the risks for Scotland of being taken out of the EU. Scotland's Place in Europe was published by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, on 20 December 2016.