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Fostering a Culture of Innovation in Scotland


Scotland’s Economic Strategy recognises that innovation is a fundamental driver of long-term competitiveness and sustainable growth. This is strongly aligned to the ambitions articulated in the European Commission’s Innovation Union which aims to create the condition that will enable our research to be turned into new and better services and products in order to remain competitive in the global marketplace and improve the quality of life in Europe. There is much that Scotland can contribute to the successful delivery of the Innovation Union for the benefit of the people of Scotland and Europe.


In order to foster a culture of innovation in Scotland the Scottish Government will work to deliver returns for the people of Scotland in the areas of:


Our Action Plan for EU Engagement sets out our approach to deliver benefit for the people of Scotland through our engagement in the EU.

Case Studies

See examples of how we are delivering the objectives of our Action Plan for EU Engagement on our Case Studies page. We will continue to update that page with further examples of Scottish activity in Europe.

How Scotland is Performing

Scotland Performs measures and reports on progress of government in Scotland in creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish.

National Outcome: We live in a Scotland that is the most attractive place for doing business in Europe.
Read more information about Scotland’s National Outcomes.