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Strengthening Scotland's External Relationships, Role and Networks


The Scottish Government greatly values its engagement with the EU institutions and other European countries and regions. We recognise the importance of learning from others and sharing experience and best practice across Europe. Our relationships and partnerships also help us to develop and deliver on our shared objectives, policies and programmes and enhance Scotland’s reputation and attractiveness. It is therefore essential that we strengthen our relationships with European partners to develop and deliver mutually beneficial outcomes, policies and programmes in pursuit of our objectives.



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

Nordic-Baltic Policy Statement

Our long term political, cultural and economic engagement with our Nordic and Baltic neighbours has been of particular importance to Scotland. In light of this, the Scottish Government has decided to publish the Nordic Baltic Policy Statement – an expression of our commitment to deeper engagement with our Nordic and Baltic partners. Read the Nordic-Baltic Policy Statement.

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.