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The Scotland Europa Podcast

After 30 years, we thought it was about time that we told Scotland Europa\'s story!The Scotland Europa Podcast will be launching later this month, looking back at our history and talking all things policy and networking Scotland in Europe with some special guest - but we wanted to celebrate our 30th birthday with messages from colleagues…

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30 Years of networking Scotland in Europe

Every great story starts somewhere, and Scotland Europa’s began in 1992. The Scotland Europa Centre, based at Square de Meeûs 35, was opened in May 1992 by Secretary of State for Scotland, Ian Lang. The very first Chair of Scotland Europa was Scottish Enterprise Chief Executive Crawford Beveridge. Beveridge took a lead role in the…

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2022 Arctic Connections Fund

In 2019, the Scottish Government published Arctic Connections, Scotland’s first Arctic policy framework. The document reviews links between Scotland and the Arctic region, reflects on Scottish-Arctic similarities and encourages greater cooperation on shared challenges, with a view to developing joint solutions for mutual benefit of Scottish and Arctic communities. The policy framework includes a commitment to…

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Guide to Horizon Europe funding for the Missions now available

The Missions are a new European Union initiative to encourage key actors across Europe to work together in tackling what the EU considers to be some of the key thematic challenges facing our world: fighting cancer, adapting to climate change, protecting our oceans, living in greener cities, and promoting soil health and food. The Missions…

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Funding of £1 million has been announced for peatland and river restoration in the River Forth catchment as part of a major EU project.

Over the next four years NatureScot, the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), the James Hutton Institute and the University of Stirling will work in partnership to restore habitats across the Forth catchment area in Scotland. The award is part of the £18m EU MERLIN project coordinated by the University of Duisberg-Essen, which seeks to restore…

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Event report: Nature-based solutions: peatland restoration for climate and environment

On Tuesday 21 September 2021, Scotland House Brussels hosted a Road to COP26 event in collaboration with ICLEI Europe, focusing on peatland restoration for climate and environment. With both COP26 and COP15 due to take place in the coming months, this timely conversation was an opportunity to start a discussion around peatlands and the role…

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Orbital to lead pioneering FORWARD-2030 tidal energy project to accelerate the commercial deployment of floating tidal energy

The innovative Scottish technology developer, Orbital Marine Power (Orbital) will lead a pan-European consortium to deliver the €26.7m FORWARD-2030 project, set up to accelerate the commercial deployment of floating tidal energy. The FORWARD-2030 project consortium will receive €20.5m of grant support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to develop a multi-vector…

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New Scottish Government Arctic Connections Fund

The new Arctic Connections Fund has been established to help Scottish organisations and communities collaborate with partners in the Arctic. It promotes exchange of expertise on shared issues and aims to raise awareness of common ambitions. The fund will support initiatives including (but not limited to) seminars and conferences, hackathons and workshops, community learning opportunities…

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Scottish Enterprise Net Zero Framework for Action

Scottish Enterprise recently launched its Net Zero Framework for Action, outlining its approach to supporting businesses to achieve a green, fair economic recovery from the impact of Covid 19. Scottish Enterprise’s framework for action focuses on net zero economic opportunities for Scotland that also deliver benefits to the environment and society. Scottish Enterprise’s strategic ambitions…

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Digital Innovation and Scientific Investigation at the Hill House

As part of this year’s European Research and Innovation Days, we’re delighted to have a blog from one of our members, Historic Environment Scotland, focusing on the innovative work being carried out at the Hill House in Helensburgh. Sophia Mirashrafi, Digital Project Officer for the Hill House, jointly employed by the National Trust for Scotland,…

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Scotland House Brussels Policy and Events internship

Scotland House Brussels is offering two recent graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience in Brussels, completing an 11-month internship, starting in September. Interns will provide support to the Scottish Government and Scotland Europa across a range of policy, events and administrative tasks. See full details on our work with us page.

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EU Green Week - June 1 Daily Round-up

EU Green Week, the EU’s annual conference focused on net zero issues, is taking place this week, from June 1-4. As we can’t attend the conference in person this year, we’ve been doing some virtual networking of our members and their ongoing work in this space. In case you missed anything we’ve posted on Twitter…

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Blog: Value of Water - Scotch Whisky Perspective

World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. World Water Day 2020 focused on water, climate change - and human beings. In difficult times such as these, when the whole world is trying to tackle the…

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UK commits to associating to Horizon Europe

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement will enable the UK\'s continued participation in Horizon Europe, as well as the following flagship EU programmes for the Programming Period 2021-2027, subject to a financial contribution by the UK to the EU budget: Horizon Europe - The EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme; Euratom – Research and Training…

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New Nano-enabled Products Pilot Project: Annual Plenary on Friday 13th of November

The Annual Plenary Meeting of the New Nano-enabled Products Pilot Project will be held online on Friday, 13 November 2020, from 9.30 to 13.30 (Central Europe Time). The event will be open to companies, startups, clusters, R&D organisations, universities, regional agencies and all innovation and industrial key players in the Vanguard Initiative regions. The objective…

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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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