Scotland and the European Union
On this page you will find some useful links with more information on the various institutions and personalities involved with Scotland, the UK and the EU.
This includes governmental bodies, information centres and academic courses. If you are having any trouble finding the information you are looking for, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
European Commission Office in Scotland
The Office of the European Commission in Scotland was set up in 1975, and acts as a bridge between the people, politicians, businesses and organisations of Scotland and the departments and personnel of the EU institution based in Brussels.
Europe Division of The Scottish Government
The Scottish Government's Europe Division is responsible for advising Scottish Government Ministers, public sector officials and the people of Scotland on EU affairs and engagement. It ensures that Scotland's interests on EU matters are effectively represented in Scotland, Brussels and with the UK Government and Devolved Administrations. Europe Division also has a representation office in Brussels.
The European and External Relations Committee
The European and External Relations Committee of The Scottish Parliament has a remit to consider and report on: proposals for European Communities legislation; the implementation of European Communities legislation; any European Communities or European Union issue; the development and implementation of the Scottish Administration's links with countries and territories outside Scotland, the European Communities (and their institutions) and other international organisations; and co-ordination of the international activities of the Scottish Administration.
The Economic and Social Committee
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the larger institutions - the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament.
The four EESC members from Scotland are:
The Committee of the Regions
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is a political assembly that provides the regional and local levels with a voice in EU policy development and EU legislation. The Treaties oblige the Commission, Parliament and Council to consult the Committee of the Regions whenever new proposals are made in areas that affect the regional or local level. The CoR has 344 members from the 27 EU countries, and its work is organised in 6 different commissions.
CoR Members from Scotland are:
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
COSLA is the national association of the Scottish Councils. Its European team deals with EU legislation affecting local government. COSLA nominates and provides the secretariat to four Scottish Members of the Committee of the Regions.
Scotland Europa is a membership-based organisation that promotes Scotland's interests across the institutions of the European Union and to the representatives of Europe's regions and Member States.
European Information Network
Europe in the UK is a portal for European culture in the UK, discovering the joys of language learning and for access to resources to help teachers, researchers, students and businesses. Sign up for our culture magazine or submit your own events.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The FCO's dedicated website provides information and guidance on the EU.
The United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the EU (UKRep) represents the UK in negotiations that take place at the EU level, ensuring that Britain's interests are heard by other member states, the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament.
The House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee
The European Scrutiny Committee assesses the legal and/or political importance of each EU document (about 1,100 per year) and decides which are debated.
The House of Lords European Union Select Committee
The European Union Committee of the House of Lords considers EU documents and other matters relating to the EU in advance of decisions being taken on them in Brussels.
Europe Direct Centres in Scotland
Europe Direct Centre in Aberdeen
Aberdeen City Libraries: Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Central Library
Aberdeen AB25 1GW
EDIC manager: Yvonne Barclay
Tel: 01224 652513
Europe Direct Centre in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Business Centre
40 George Street
Scotland EH2 2LE
EDIC manager: Mayan Grace
Europe Direct Centre in Outer Hebrides
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Isle of Lewis HS1 2BW
EDIC manager: Linda Cunningham
Tel: 01851 822616
Scottish European Educational Trust
The Scottish European Educational Trust was established in 1993. It aims to promote and encourage education about Europe to students at schools, colleges and universities throughout Scotland.