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We also maintain a blog to keep you up-to-date with news from the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Culture, Europe and External Affairs. Ministers and officials make regular contributions to the blog, sharing the latest information on our activity and engagements. Find it here: Culture, Europe and External Affairs Blog.
Within the Scottish Government officials from almost all policy areas need to be aware of European issues but we also have teams devoted to ensuring Scotland's voice is heard in Europe.
European Relations Team - Edinburgh
The Europe team based in Edinburgh is responsible for the Scottish Government's policy on EU engagement and ensures that activity and resources are focussed on the issues of greatest importance to Scotland as set out in the Action Plan on European Engagement. The team also offers advice and support on handling EU matters, including guidance on the implementation of EU obligations.
It also provides support for bilateral links with European countries, including assisting with inward and outward Ministerial visits, identifying contacts in relevant consulates and embassies, and providing up to date information on current economic and political situations, and existing Scottish links.
Edinburgh team contacts
Scottish Government EU Office – Brussels
Located in the heart of the European Quarter in Brussels the Scottish Government’s European Union Office is in a prime position to ensure that Scotland’s interests, expertise and ambition are understood by European Institutions and other Member States and Regions.
The Brussels based office, in collaboration with Scottish Government policy leads, provides support to Scottish Ministers travelling to Brussels to participate in European Council meetings, to meet with the European Commission or the European Parliament as well as monitoring developments in EU institutions and feeding this in to colleagues in Scotland. Efforts are focussed on priority areas where Scotland can achieve real benefits in the long run and also where we can demonstrate to the European Union that Scotland is a constructive partner that can play a leading role and contribute for the wider benefit of EU citizens. However, we strive to engage directly with the EU institutions, UK counterparts and stakeholders, in all areas of EU competence.
This work is complemented by a programme of policy and cultural events which usually take place in the conference centre in Scotland House. These events provide an opportunity to showcase areas of particular Scottish expertise, to share and debate best practice with European partners in areas of critical importance for Scotland, to contribute to European policy development and to invite others to share, celebrate and enjoy our rich cultural heritage and renowned hospitality.
Scottish Government EU Office contacts