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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

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:

Brendan Burns
George Traill Lyon
Brian Curtis
Irene Oldfather

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:

Anthony Gerard Buchanan
Barbara Grant MSP (Alternate member)
Mairi Angela Gougeon
Roderick Lewis MacDonald (Alternate member)
Andrew Dearg Wightman (Alternate member)

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

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 Centre in Scotland

Europe Direct Information Centre - North Highlands & Islands
Caithness Chamber of Commerce
Naver Business Centre, Naver House
Naver Road
KW14 7QA
Tel: 01847 500108


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.


European courses at Scottish universities