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Scotland Europa Response to Commission Consultation on Smart Specialisation

This paper, drafted in cooperation with Scotland Europa members, was submitted as part of Scotland Europa's response to the European Commission's 2017 consultation on Smart Specialisation. Scotland has welcomed the Smart Specialisation agenda, as the concept aligns closely with our existing economic development approach, expressed in Scotland’s Economic Strategy1 and delivered through government and other…

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Scotland Europa Special Paper - Interim evaluation of Horizon 2020

This paper is Scotland Europa's response to the European Commission’s public stakeholder consultation on the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. Scotland Europa members and the wider Scottish H2020 community welcome the opportunity to respond to the European Commission’s public stakeholder consultation on the interim evaluation of H2020. As a result of a Scottish stakeholders’ workshop…

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Special Paper - Scotland Europa members’ response to Fitness Check of EU Nature Legislation

This response brings together the input from our membership, a large part of which takes a key interest in environment policy, as it represents government agencies as well as regulated industry, land owners, research and academia and environmental NGOs. Bearing in mind the wide and diverse reach of our organisation, this submission should not be…

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Special Paper - Scotland Europa Response to Europe 2020 Mid-term Review Consultation

This response is based on contributions from a number membership organisations and partners of Scotland Europa, including: the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, the East of Scotland European Consortium, the Highlands and Islands European Partnership, NHS 24 Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Power, the Scottish Trades Union Congress,…

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Vanguard Initiative - New growth by smart specialisation

As Scotland continues to seek out opportunities for EU engagement linked to innovation policy, 'Smart Specialisation Strategies' (or S3) are playing an increasingly important role. As part of this agenda, Scotland has joined a small group of EU regions in the "Vanguard Initiative", which brings together leading industrial regions in Europe to provide a positive…

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Special Paper - CCS in Scotland and Europe

This joint Paper from Scotland Europa, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government presents a coordinated response to the European Commission’s stakeholder consultation on a future for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe. CCS is currently at a crossroads in the EU, with weakened political support for the technology since the Emissions Trading System has…

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Special Paper - 2030 EU climate and energy framework

The European Commission’s Directorate-Generals for Climate Action and Energy opened a stakeholder consultation between March and July 2013 on a future EU policy framework for climate change and energy for 2030. The exercise aims to inform concrete policy and legal proposals expected from the Commission by the end of 2013, which may set in place…

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Special Paper - Rethinking Skills and Education

On 6 February 2013 Scotland Europa held an event entitled 'Rethinking Skills and Education: EU Investment in Jobs and Growth 2014‐2020' at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Inverness. This brought together Scotland Europa members and wider Scottish partners and stakeholders to discuss the opportunity which exists in the EU 2014‐2020 programming period concerning…

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Paper 36 - 2013 20th Anniversary Reflections

2012 marked Scotland Europa’s 20th Anniversary. Presenting us with the opportunity to take time to reflect on our achievements, the challenges and lessons learned over the years and consider how this can inform our work today and in the future. As such we have asked some colleagues, members and partners past and present – in…

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Paper 35 - Euromyths 2012: The reality behind the half-truths

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Scotland Europa, which was created in 1992 by Scottish Enterprise to support Scottish economic development. Much has changed for Scotland and the EU over that time, not least the devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament, the development of the Single Market, the introduction of the Euro and…

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Special Paper - Towards a 7th Environment Action Programme

This paper presents the coordinated Scottish response to the European Commission’s consultation on the EU Environment policy priorities for 2020: "Towards a 7th EU Environment Action Programme." It reflects the discussions of the public bodies and organisations that participated in the conference on Future EU Environment Policy held in Edinburgh on 9 May 2012. This…

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Special Paper - Gender imbalance on corporate boards in the EU

Scotland Europa members’ response to the European Commission public consultation on Gender imbalance in corporate boards in the EU. Scotland Europa welcomes the opportunity to respond to the European Commission’s public consultation. As a membership organisation, Scotland Europa has put the consultation document out to our members to gather contributions to this joint members’ response.…

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Special Paper - EU Renewable Energy Strategy

This paper brings together broad comments from Scotland Europa’s Membership on a new EU Renewable Energy Strategy, in the context of the recent European Commission stakeholder consultation.

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Special Paper - EU corporate governance framework

The European Commission’s Green Paper on the EU corporate governance framework is a welcome initiative to demonstrate the importance of good governance for the competitiveness of European businesses. The inclusion of this initiative within the framework of the Commission’s Single Market Act has therefore been met with enthusiasm by Scottish stakeholders. This response has been coordinated by Scotland Europa,…

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Special Paper - Scottish position paper on Horizon2020

Executive summary Scotland believes achieving long term sustainable economic growth will require a step change in R&D and innovation culture. As part of this strategy Scotland is keen to have more productive and strategic engagement with the EU. Scotland has a wealth of expertise in RTD and we want to share our experience with the…

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Special Paper - Fifth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

Scotland Europa Members welcome the opportunity to contribute to this important consultation on the Fifth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion: The Future of Cohesion Policy. Scotland Europa Members, including the East of Scotland European Consortium (ESEC), Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), the South of Scotland Alliance, as well as Scottish Enterprise (SE), have significant…

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Paper 34 - Health and the Environment: A Positive Approach

This Think Piece was born from a recent innovative policy initiative from Scotland Europa Member, Scottish Natural Heritage. The articles that follow contain policy reflections from representatives of NHS Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. The authors discuss how a positive approach to health and surroundings has brought about…

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Special Paper - Members' response to Europe 2020 consultation

Scotland Europa Members welcome the opportunity to contribute to this important consultation on proposals for the forthcoming EU 2020 Strategy. Scotland Europa Members, such as the East of Scotland European Consortium, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Highlands and Islands European Partnership and the South of Scotland Alliance, as well as Scottish Enterprise (SE), have many…

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Paper 33 - Share today to win tomorrow

On 3 December 2009, Scotland Europa and the Scottish Government EU Office, in partnership with ERRIN (European Regional Research Network) hosted a high level event to consider and debate the future, strategic direction of Europe’s Research and Development (R&D) policy agenda. This was intended to contribute to current discussions concerning the Eighth Framework Programme for…

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Paper 32 - The Lisbon Strategy: 'old port in new bottles'?

The EU Lisbon Strategy (the ‘Growth & Jobs Strategy’) was launched in 2000 with the aim of creating the ‘world’s most dynamic knowledge-based economy by 2010’. Despite the agreed importance of the ambition and its accompanying lofty rhetoric, by 2004 progress toward the strategy’s targets was already being condemned as ‘unconvincing’ by a Commission-sponsored report. Re-launched in…

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