1. Inspiring Connections: Scotland's International Culture Strategy

    This strategy aims to support Scotland's culture and creative sector to be globally connected with the means and opportunities to achieve its international ambitions and potential, and contribute to Scotland’s cultural, social, economic and environmental wellbeing through its international work.

  2. Inspiring Connections: Scotland's International Culture Strategy - EasyRead version

    An EasyRead version of Inspiring Connections: Scotland’s International Culture Strategy.

  3. International Culture Strategy: Partial Business Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)

    A partial Business Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) to support the development of an International Culture Strategy.

  4. Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) results: International Culture Strategy

    Findings from an equality impact assessment of Scottish Government's International Culture Strategy.

  5. Scotland’s place in the world

    International engagement in an independent Scotland.

  6. Building a New Scotland: An independent Scotland's Place in the World

    This paper sets out the Scottish Government's proposals for an independent Scotland's place in the world.

  7. Building a New Scotland - an independent Scotland's place in the world: easy read version

    This paper sets out the Scottish Government's proposals for an independent Scotland's place in the world.

  8. Scotland's International Strategy

    This strategy sets out our approach to international engagement and delivery to the end of the current parliamentary term.

  9. Taking a feminist approach to international relations: position paper

    This position paper sets out the scope and guiding principles of our feminist approach to international relations.

  10. Retained EU Law Act: what it means

    Sets out the risks that the Scottish Government believes are posed by the UK Government’s Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023.

  11. Call to UK Government to secure future of research funding programme

    First Minister writes to Prime Minister on Horizon Europe.

  12. Scotland's Vision for Trade: annual report - June 2023

    Our second annual report on Scotland's Vision for Trade, outlining the range of specific actions that we have taken over the past year and our continued ambition to make trade-related decisions based on the principles of inclusive growth, wellbeing, sustainability, net zero and good governance.

  13. Retained EU Law Bill “risk to devolution”

    Scottish Parliament votes to withhold consent for amendments to Bill.

  14. European Commission Work Programme 2023: Scottish Government commentary

    Paper outlining the key features of the European Commission’s 2023 Work Programme (CWP). A Union standing firm and united, and sets out the Scottish Government’s (SG) priorities under the CWP six headline ambitions - A European Green Deal, A Europe fit for the Digital Age, An Economy that Works.

  15. Supporting EU citizens to Stay in Scotland

    Continued funding announced on Europe Day.

  16. Equality, opportunity, community: New leadership - A fresh start

    This publication sets out the First Minister’s vision for Scotland and the outcomes he and his government aim to achieve by 2026.

  17. National Islands Plan Annual Report 2022

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan. This report sets out progress made during the 2022 reporting year.

  18. Call to re-join research funding programme

    UK Government urged to secure Horizon Europe opportunity.

  19. Scottish Parliament refuses consent for Retained EU Law Bill

    Constitution Secretary said Bill threatens vital laws.

  20. EU replacement funding 60% shortfall

    Minister says Shared Prosperity Fund ‘fails communities’.

  21. Strengthening Scotland’s place in the world

    International offices to help deliver on priorities at home.

  22. European research funding should be protected

    Minister fears losing opportunities to find new markets.

  23. Retained EU Law Bill should be ‘withdrawn completely’

    Alternative amendments proposed if legislation goes ahead.

  24. MSPs invited to withhold consent for Retained EU Law Bill

    Ministers outline ongoing concerns in a letter to the UK Government.

  25. Protecting Scotland’s water

    New rules to align with European Union standards.

  26. Rent freeze focus of Programme for Government

    Ministers act to protect people in cost crisis.

  27. Scotland at Hannover Messe Expo

    Energy businesses lead the way at global event.

  28. Further help for Ukraine

    £65 million of funding for military aid.

  29. Safeguarding the food and drink sector

    Chancellor urged to avoid trade war.

  30. Scotland's Global Affairs Framework

    The Global Affairs Framework sets out the values and principles underpinning the Scottish Government’s international work and the basis on which the Scottish Government will prioritise its international activity.

  31. Conference on the Future of Europe: submission

    Scottish Government written submission for the Conference on the Future of Europe, on a range of issues where EU leadership is important and where Scotland can contribute to Europe’s future success and prosperity.

  32. Urgent action needed to tackle cost of living

    Finance Secretary writes to Treasury ahead of Spring Statement.

  33. Economic Crime Bill

    Greater powers to fight corruption.

  34. Stop trading with Russia

    Businesses urged to show solidarity to Ukraine.

  35. Call for clarity on EU replacement funds

    No detail on essential funding for Scotland.

  36. International travel restrictions eased

    Most people will not need to take a test.

  37. Help for EU citizens to prove immigration status online

    Updated Scottish Government resources to aid applications.

  38. Easing of restrictions on international travellers

    Removal of pre-departure test requirement.

  39. Physical proof of status should be offered to EU citizens

    Devolved governments call for additional safeguard.  

  40. Pre-departure test requirement for travel

    Nigeria also added to red list to control omicron spread.

  41. Supporting EU students

    Scholarship programme to repair links with Europe.    

  42. Security needed for EU Citizens

    Minister urges UK Government to continue social security support.

  43. International travel restrictions to be relaxed and simplified

    Streamlined system merges amber and green lists and retains red list.

  44. Physical proof of status should be offered to EU citizens

    Joint letter from devolved governments calls for additional safeguard.

  45. International travellers to Scotland will be able to use private sector COVID tests

    Economy boosting step backed by move to clamp down on poor performers.

  46. Travel restriction on France lifted

    India also turns amber in latest update to international restrictions.

  47. Balearic Islands removed from travel green list

    Changes take effect from 19 July following latest review.

  48. Expanded travel green list for Scotland

    Key destinations added following latest review.

  49. ‘Scotland is a better country because you are here’ - FM

    Failure to extend EU Settlement Scheme deadline ‘unacceptable’.

  50. Strengthening links with Europe

    £3 million research fund announced.

  51. Portugal placed on amber travel list

    Change made following concerns over spread of Delta variant.

  52. More than 240,000 EU citizens able to Stay in Scotland

    Concern that many have still to apply.

  53. New border control post at Cairnryan

    Site to be used for post-Brexit import inspections.

  54. Quarantine hotels

    Reducing the spread of COVID-19.

  55. Scotland’s ‘Brexit disaster’

    Problems for Scottish companies ‘multiplying’ in first four weeks.

  56. Foreign travel health rules updated

    More destinations designated for enhanced quarantine.

  57. Erasmus+ exchange programme

    Joint statement confirms work will continue to secure the benefits of programme.

  58. Pre-departure coronavirus testing

    New public health requirements.

  59. Stark impact of Brexit

    Analysis highlights benefits of re-joining EU.

  60. Erasmus loss ‘a huge blow’

    Concern over alternative scheme.

  61. Businesses urged to check Brexit advice

    Support available over the holiday period.

  62. Stay in Scotland

    First Minister's open letter to EU Citizens.

  63. Reduction in self-isolation

    Changes to public health requirements for close contacts and overseas arrivals.

  64. Canary Islands designated for public health quarantine

    Further updates to public health foreign travel rules.

  65. EU funding threat for Scottish youth work

    Doubt over the future of Erasmus+ casts shadow over sector.

  66. Quarantine rules reinstated for two countries

    Further changes to public health travel rules.

  67. Vital support to offset Brexit damage

    Measures to help protect health services, the economy and communities.

  68. “UK Government must respect devolution” – Wales & Scotland

    Ministers call for commitment to make up lost EU funding to be honoured.

  69. More destinations re-designated for quarantine

    Further updates to public health travel rules.

  70. Foreign travel health rules extended

    Quarantine for travellers arriving from Germany and Sweden

  71. Quarantine measures for travellers from Liechtenstein

    Canary Islands, Denmark, the Maldives and Mykonos added to exempt list.

  72. Quarantine measures reinstated for further destinations

    Travellers arriving from Italy, San Marino and Vatican City State must self-isolate from Sunday.

  73. Further quarantine measures introduced for travellers

    Quarantine required for Hungary and La Réunion travel, while Sweden added to exemption list.

  74. Further quarantine measures introduced for travellers

    Portugal and French Polynesia removed from exemption list.

  75. Quarantine measures introduced for travellers from Greece

    Importation of new cases remains ‘significant’ public health risk.

  76. Foreign travel health rules extended

    Quarantine measures for further countries.

  77. Travellers from France and the Netherlands to face quarantine rules

    Increase in coronavirus cases sees quarantine requirements.

  78. Quarantine rules change for five countries

    Update to foreign travel public health requirements.

  79. Quarantine rules imposed on travellers from Luxembourg

    Increase in coronavirus cases sees quarantine requirements.

  80. Parliament briefed on risks from a UK Internal Market

    Constitution Secretary calls UK White Paper “disastrous for devolution”.

  81. Travellers from Spain to face quarantine rules

    Significant increase in coronavirus cases in Spain sees decision overturned.

  82. Quarantine rules lifted for five countries

    Public health measures lifted for more travellers.

  83. Quarantine rules lifted for Spain

    Travellers arriving from mainland and islands exempt from quarantine requirements.

  84. European Territorial Cooperation Programmes 2021-2027: consultation report

    This report summarises the responses that the Scottish Government received to its consultation on European Territorial Cooperation Programmes for the period 2021-2027. The results of this consultation show that there is an overwhelming appetite from public sector organisations in Scotland for continued participation.

  85. Quarantine rule ends for travellers arriving from lower risk countries and territories

    Public health measure lifted for some overseas travellers arriving in Scotland.

  86. Parliament asked to back European Union Continuity Bill

    Powers to ‘keep pace’ with EU law in devolved policy areas.

  87. Scottish research facing twin threats of COVID and Brexit

    Minister tells UK Government that urgent support needed within days.

  88. Extend Brexit transition during COVID-19 crisis

    Cabinet Secretary: “We cannot risk double hit of coronavirus and No Deal.”

  89. Planning for Brexit

    Call to put all available resource towards tackling COVID-19.

  90. Scotland’s voice must be heard

    Cabinet Secretary updates MSPs on EU talks.

  91. Response to decision to end participation in Creative Europe

    UK Government not to negotiate ongoing participation in cultural programme.

  92. UK mandate will hit Scotland’s economy

    EU talks plan sets “extraordinarily low bar.”

  93. Minister meets Erasmus+ exchange students in Aberdeen

    Efforts to be stepped up to protect further and higher education after Brexit.

  94. Scotland's commitment to the EU

    New document reveals continued partnership.

  95. Plan for Scottish Visa

    Paper highlights acute need for powers over immigration policy.

  96. Most vulnerable at risk from Brexit

    Report finds 137 separate impacts.

  97. EU citizens vital to Scotland

    New funding for legal support.

  98. Scotland and Norway “natural partners”

    First Minister addresses Norwegian business leaders

  99. EU funding

    Consultation launched on the replacement for European Structural Funds.

  100. Migration vital to Scotland’s future workforce

    Experts highlight risk of acute labour shortages without immigration.

  101. Scotland’s population projections

    Inward migration the only driver of population growth.

  102. Rural and island areas among most vulnerable to impact of Brexit

    Interactive map displays risks of leaving the EU for communities across Scotland.

  103. Right to stay for EU citizens

    Home Office urged to remove five year rule for settled status.

  104. UEFA European Championship Bill

    Bill proposes to criminalise ticket touting for matches.

  105. Europe buys 50% of Scottish goods

    Scotland’s total goods exports rise by 14.5%. 

  106. Doubts over Erasmus+ after EU exit

    Concern that UK Government could consider international exchange programme for England only.

  107. Universities hit by Brexit

    UK Government urged again to guarantee EU students can complete courses in Scotland.

  108. Brexit: Unheard Voices

    New report brings together views on EU exit.

  109. Response to European election voting failures

    Call for UK Government to accept responsibility after some EU citizens denied a vote

  110. Scotland’s Future

    FM outlines path forward amid ‘broken status quo’. 

  111. Joint EU Exit Debate

    Scotland and Wales unite to voice dismay at UK Government’s approach.

  112. Brexit threat to jobs

    Warning that ‘no deal’ will harm Scotland’s economy.

  113. Calls for EU nationals to stay in Scotland

    First Minister: UK Brexit deal is ‘self-defeating.’

  114. Fisheries Bill

    Scotland must have say in determining quota and effort limits.

  115. Brexit deal uncertainty

    EU trade and agreements worth £16.4 billion to Scotland.

  116. Brexit deal

    Scottish Parliament to have a vote.

  117. ‘No deal’ could raise electricity bills

    Constitutional Relations Secretary: rural Scotland ‘hit hardest’.

  118. Single market ‘essential’

    Continued EU membership worth billions to the Scottish economy.

  119. Advice service for EU citizens

    Expert group to explore Scotland’s migration needs.

  120. Six months until Brexit

    Terms of departure still not agreed.

  121. ‘No deal’ could see flights grounded

    Constitutional Relations Secretary calls for end to 'Brexit brinkmanship'.

  122. Call to devolve migration

    Stark figures show impact of Brexit on education workforce.

  123. EU settlement scheme

    Letter to Home Secretary

  124. Brexit White Paper

    External Affairs Secretary: “UK plans fall short and harm economy."

  125. Scottish position on EU relationship

    Contribution to Brexit White Paper.

  126. EU negotiations

    Scottish and Welsh Ministers outline concerns over White Paper.

  127. Stability, certainty and simplicity in rural support

    Public consultation launched.

  128. Brexit impact on cross-border crime co-operation

    New paper highlights challenges faced by Scottish law enforcement.

  129. Withdrawal Bill decision "dark day for devolution" – Russell

    Minister says outcome shows contempt for democracy

  130. An "unprecedented constitutional position" - FM

    First Minister urges House of Commons to amend EU Withdrawal Bill

  131. First Minister in Brussels

    Meeting with Chief EU Negotiator.

  132. Support for EU citizens after Brexit

    Call for child exemption from post-Brexit fees.

  133. Not the final Europe Day

    EU countries ‘want closer engagement with Scotland’.

  134. Withdrawal Bill amendments 'undermine devolution', says Minister

    Response to publication of UK Government amendments.

  135. Continuity Bill passed

    Parliament vote to protect devolution.

  136. Letter to Lords over Brexit Bill

    First Ministers of Scotland and Wales outline risks to devolution.

  137. EU Withdrawal Bill amendments

    “No safeguards” to protect devolution.

  138. Brexit talks update

    Russell: ‘clock ticking on Scotland's future’.

  139. Post-Brexit trade scenarios

    Farming at risk.

  140. Dutch connections

    Hyslop: £2bn annual exports at risk due to Brexit.

  141. Brexit and rural Scotland

    EU migrant workforce is ‘essential’.

  142. Call for more engagement on Brexit

    FM: urgent discussion needed on EU negotiation objectives.

  143. Call for Brexit analysis to be made public

    Impact on jobs and living standards should be known.

  144. Protecting Scotland's interests

    Call for UK Government to respect devolution.

  145. Building future relations with Europe

    Representing Scotland in Brussels.

  146. Analysis shows Single Market essential for Scotland

    Jobs and living standards must come first.

  147. Scottish EU Bill likely to be introduced in February

    EU Withdrawal Bill incompatible with devolution.

  148. Leading the way on climate change

    First Minister to address UN Climate Change Conference in Germany.

  149. Brexit negotiations

    Clarity needed on withdrawal from EU.

  150. Benefits of migration

    EU workers’ positive contribution to economy.

  151. Brexit talks

    "We will not sign a blank cheque."

  152. Brexit analysis must be shared

    Devolved administrations should see economic impact reports.  

  153. Cross-border policing

    Europol chief highlights importance of Scottish policing to Europe.

  154. Population figures

    Projections show impact of EU migration fall.

  155. Scotland's population is projected to increase and age

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  156. Food and drink exports hit half-year high

    Importance of continued access to EU market shown.

  157. Regional trade statistics

    47% of exports are to EU.

  158. EU funding guarantee

    Ewing: vital we establish funding guarantee parameters.

  159. Strengthening links with Ireland

    First Minister to visit Dublin.

  160. Northern neighbours

    Brexit highlights need for deeper Nordic and Baltic cooperation.

  161. Free movement of people vital to economy

    Business leaders discuss effects of migration.

  162. Devolution must be protected

    EU Withdrawal Bill talks continue.

  163. Future CAP support

    Ewing: Future planning virtually impossible.

  164. EU Withdrawal Bill

    Scottish Government says devolution must be defended.  

  165. Support for Scottish businesses abroad

    First Minister outlines government backing to increase exports.

  166. Amendments to UK Brexit Bill will be proposed

    First Ministers of Wales and Scotland agree actions to counter serious risks to devolution.

  167. Brexit threatens environmental ambition

    Scottish and Welsh Ministers warn progress is being put at risk. 

  168. Threat to European cultural collaboration

    EU fundamental to continued development of creative sector.

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