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European Commission announce Deadline Extension for some Horizon 2020 calls

The European Commission have recognised that the recent escalation of restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak may hamper applicants’ ability to prepare and finalise high-quality proposals. For this reason, for Horizon 2020 calls with original deadlines between now and 15 April, extensions will be applied. The precise new deadlines for each call and topic will…

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How will Brexit affect access to 2014-2020 EU Funding Programmes?

The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 with the negotiations about the UK’s future relationship with the EU ongoing. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in programmes funded under the current 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)* until their closure. This means that the vast majority of programmes…

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Launch Scottish consultation on Interreg

The Scottish Government have launched a public consultation on the future European Territorial Cooperation (also known as Interreg) Programmes building on a series of workshops held during the autumn. The consultation is open until the 27 March 2020. Discussions on the Interreg 2021-2027 programmes have now started with programming committees being set up to which UK…

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OECD Local Development Forum 2019 - 'Right skills, right jobs, right places'

Last week, I attended the 15th OECD Local Development Forum in Antwerp, bringing together practitioners and entrepreneurs alike to discuss ideas and best practices to drive inclusive growth at a local level. With inclusive growth being a focal point of the Strategic Framework, as well as for Scotland House Brussels’ priority focus areas, we were…

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The Scotch Whisky Association joins Scotland Europa

Scotland Europa is delighted to welcome the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) as our newest Scotland Europa member. Being part of Scotland Europa membership will complement the SWA’s ongoing EU engagement and support the development of its visibility in Brussels. The Scotch Whisky industry is one of Scotland’s most productive sectors contributing £5.5bn in gross value…

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St Andrew's Lecture - Sustainable Tourism Growth in a Changing Climate

Lord Thurso, Chair of Scotland’s national tourism organisation VisitScotland, delivered this year’s St. Andrew’s Lecture on 26 November, to an audience of representatives from the tourism industry, networks, EU institutions and other stakeholders. The lecture was part of a series of events taking place this year to celebrate St Andrew’s Day, with a concert and…

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Replacement of European Structural Funds post EU-Exit: consultation

The Scottish Government opened a consultation on the 5th November 2019 on the successor programme to European Structural Funds called the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This is an opportunity for Scottish stakeholders to provide views on how a new fund should be designed and how a new policy approach could transform inclusive economic growth. The consultation…

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Scottish report on post-2020 Interreg

During August and September 2019, the Scottish Government in collaboration with public sector organisations across Scotland, held a series of workshops on Post 2020 Interreg cooperation. The purpose was to gauge views and interests of Scottish stakeholders on the benefit of European territorial cooperation and to identify the cooperation themes and territorial links of greatest…

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Blog: Discussing the past in today’s changing world

Scotland Europa is delighted to share the following blog from Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland. Alex shares his experience and thoughts from his visit to Brussels during the European Week of Regions and Cities.   Alex Paterson As part of the Scotland House Brussels Environmental Leaders discussion series, I was invited by Scotland…

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Forward look: Scotland in the EU 2021-27

University of Aberdeen hosts the September Scotland Europa Members Meeting On 17th September 2019 the University of Aberdeen kindly hosted the Members of Scotland Europa in their Foresterhill Campus in the Silver City. The autumn Members Meeting has provided us with an opportunity to take a moment to step back from discussing the b-word and…

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Can the UK still take part in European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg) Programmes after Brexit?

Last week the UK Government wrote out to Interreg UK project partners with an “Important update on ETC no-deal Brexit preparations for UK project partners” (10 September 2019).  Later in the week they also updated their guidance online for ETC in event of a No Deal Brexit (13 September 2019).  The main purpose of the…

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Scotland House Brussels welcomes its first Members

EPS and three other organisations join Scotland House Brussels  European Policy Solutions Ltd has become the first Member of the new type of membership package introduced by Scotland House Brussels (SHB) for partners to utilise our co-working space at the heart of the Brussels European Quarter.   Membership of Scotland House Brussels provides European Policy Solutions with access to Scotland House Brussels, which includes:  15 days hot desking including wi-fi access and the…

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Scotland House Brussels Summer Reception

The annual Scotland House Brussels Summer Reception took place on Tuesday 9July, providing us with the opportunity to thank our European friends and partners for all their collaborative work over the past year, such as ERRIN, the Vanguard Initiative, EURADA and many more and reiterate our commitment to continuing this collaboration. This message was particularly pertinent…

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A membership perspective on EU Green Week 2019

This year colleagues from James Hutton Institute, alongside Scottish Natural Heritage and Zero Waste Scotland, attended EU Green Week, organised by the European Commission. Looking back to EU Green Week - Dr Kerry Waylen from JHI shares some of her reflections and perspective on the week.   Dr Kerry Waylen, James Hutton Institute “Every year,…

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LIFE SMART Waste Project Report Published

The LIFE SMART Waste project has published a report to provide a high level summary of the project’s progress towards developing and demonstrating innovative ways to understand, tackle and reduce waste-related crime. The LIFE SMART Waste project is led by Scottish Environment Protection Agency working in partnership with ACR+, Brussels Environment and Natural Resources Wales. …

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Interreg Europe 'Let's Cooperate' forum

Scotland Europa attended the annual INTERREG Europe cooperation forum ‘Let’s Cooperate’ in Brussels last week in what was the fifth edition of the coming together of stakeholders from throughout Europe. This was an exciting opportunity to hear from over 500 project coordinators, policy-makers and local authorities’ representatives on their collaborative projects throughout the EU as well…

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Innovating to tackle plastic waste in Europe’s cities

On 16 May, Scotland house Brussels will host ICLEI Europe and the PlastiCircle project, who are joining forces to host the special conference ‘Circular Cities – Innovating to tackle plastic waste’. More than 100 stakeholders from across Europe will gather to assess European Union policies on the circular economy for plastics, the role of cities…

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How will Brexit affect access to European Funding Programmes

**  Please note this article is now superceded by a new article taking accountof the Withdrawal Agreement **   The UK will be leaving the European Union (EU) on 31 October 2019 with the negotiations about the UK’s future relationship with the EU ongoing. Although a draft version of a Withdrawal Agreement has been signed…

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Sharing Scotland's Contribution on Biodiversity Beyond 2020

Scotland Europa is delighted to share this blog from Scottish Natural Heritage Chief Executive Francesca Osowska.   At the beginning of November, I was invited by Scotland Europa to take part in their Scotland House Discussion series.  The title of the event was ‘Biodiversity Beyond 2020 – Scotland’s Contribution’.  This was a great opportunity to talk…

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Arctic Blog - by Kateryna McKinnon, HIE

“There is a lot that Scotland can offer to the Arctic but also there’s a lot that we could learn through cooperation”. At the end of October I attended my first Arctic Circle Assembly which gathered around two thousand people from all over the world in Reykjavik over the course of October 19th-21st 2018. Scotland’s…

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