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Scotland House Brussels welcomes its first Member - European Policy Solutions

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

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 off, the UK parliament has yet to approve the deal, now scheduled by the 31 October 2019. Included in this…

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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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Scotland House Brussels - Experience the Warmest of Welcomes

Over the upcoming months, Scotland House Brussels will showcase a series of exciting events: from breakfast policy discussions to cultural celebrations in honour of Scotland’s Year of Young People, St Andrew’s Day and Burns Night.  This page will be regularly updated. For any questions on the series or for more information, please contact: lynne.ross@scotent.co.uk    28…

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Scotland's Place in Europe: Science and Research

On 5 November, the Scottish Government published ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe: Science and Research’. This paper is one of a series of Scotland’s Place in Europe publications which set out the implications of Brexit for Scotland and constructive alternatives. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of international collaboration to science and…

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Scotland Europa members look to the future

Scotland Europa was very happy to welcome our members and Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations Mike Russell to our annual Members’ Meeting in Edinburgh in September. We were delighted to be hosted by the University of Edinburgh, and hear about how much the University values its work with EU partners and with…

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Horizon 2020: UK Government Launches Portal for Underwrite Guarantee

Time to Register Projects on the UK Underwrite Portal.  On the 27th September the UK Government  launched a bespoke portal  for use by UK organisations who have been funded via the European Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020. This is to gather information about projects which, if needed will  be eligible to be  underwritten by…

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Scotland House Discussion Series 2018-2019

This autumn, the Scotland House Discussion Series returns with a programme of events focusing on sharing views, expertise and experience from Scotland with our European partners. Join us each month for an eclectic mix of discussions covering a wide range of policy topics drawing on the wide range of EU policy engagement experience of Scottish partners.  This new…

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ESEC members adopt Interreg motions

By the East of Scotland European Consortium Dundee City Council and Angus Council have both adopted motions in support of the United Kingdom remaining in the EU Interreg funding programme post-Brexit. The motions, which were approved unanimously, remit the councils’ chief executives to write to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic…

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European Week of Regions and Cities 2018

This year the 16th European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) will take place between Monday 8 and Thursday 11 October. This is a week that sees regional, rural and urban practitioners coming to Brussels to exchange good practice in areas such as in economic development and social inclusion, cross-border cooperation, public-private partnerships, regional innovation and community-led local development.   As part of…

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Extension to Treasury EU Funding Guarantee

The UK Treasury has announced an extension to its EU Funding Guarantee. Any EU funding secured by UK organisations from now until the end of 2020 will be guaranteed by the UK government, even in the case of the UK leaving the EU without a Brexit deal. The guarantee applies to the UK’s full allocation…

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Interreg Projects Arrive in the East of Scotland

By the East of Scotland European Constortium Last week (3-5 July) Angus Council and Fife Council both welcomed international delegations and high-profile guests to their respective territories as part of separate Interreg projects. Interreg is the EU fund which supports crossborder and transnational cooperation, and is of particular importance for local authorities.  In Carnoustie, Angus…

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Making the regional, international – a personal challenge!

By Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland   It has been over three years since a chat with Guido Braam, then of Netherlands-based Circle Economy, changed my/Zero Waste Scotland’s whole approach to business engagement around the circular economy. Up until that moment we, at Zero Waste Scotland, had relied on the sectoral approach that…

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Scotland House Brussels: Looking to the Future

Scotland has had a long-established presence in Brussels, including almost 20 years in Scotland House at Rond-Point Schuman. In line with the Scottish Government’s newly-established network across the EU in London, Dublin, Berlin, and shortly, Paris, we have renewed our own Scotland House Brussels to provide us with an even more effective platform to support…

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