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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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Paper 31 - Collaborate to compete: Glasgow:Edinburgh

Cities across the world are joining forces to compete more proactively in an increasingly globalised market place. An increased focus on cities as the main organising units for the development of the knowledge economy has gone hand-in-hand with greater efforts to maximise potential by borrowing size and diversity from their nearest neighbour. This is provided…

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Paper 30 - The EU lifelong learning agenda: Scotland's opportunities and challenges

This paper has reviewed elements of European Union (EU) and Scottish training and education policy, to identify areas of ‘convergence’, gaps and opportunities for future Scottish policy. While focused on Scotland, the paper, and its recommendations have relevance beyond Scottish parameters. Some key EU messages have been echoed in recent Scottish Government policy, most noticeably…

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Paper 29 - Collaborate to succeed: Stimulating and sustaining economic development in the innovation economy

This discussion paper is written from the perspective of over a quarter of a century’s involvement in economic development with Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Development Agency (included a spell as Chief Executive of Scotland Europa in the mid 1990s). It is a deliberately wide ranging reflection on the evolution of economic development theory and…

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Special Paper - A European vision for the oceans and seas

On 7 June 2006 the European Commission adopted its long awaited Green Paper on maritime policy entitled, ‘Towards a future maritime policy for the Union: a European vision for the oceans and seas’. The accompanying consultation is open until 30 June 2007. The impact of these proposals on Scotland’s seas and coastline was debated at…

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Special Paper - Views from Scotland on a European strategy for sustainable, competitive and secure energy

This document contains submissions from Scotland Europa member organisations to the 2006 European Commission consultation on the Green Paper for a European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy.  

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Special Paper - People, Places, Prosperity

Much of the current debate around urban development seems rooted in out-dated notions of the city and its topology. How can we make our cities work for the future? What do we need to invest in – economically, creatively, emotionally- to make our cities more competitive, environmentally sound and beneficial to all our lives? On…

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Paper 28 - The rise of metropolitan regions in economic development

10 years ago my colleague Charlie Woods, Chief Executive of Scotland Europa at the time, presented the first Scotland Europa Paper. Its title was Europe’s Regions: Engines or Millstones? Charlie argued that European regional policy should move from a focus on ameliorating problems in Europe’s underperforming regions, to viewing the regions outside of the continent’s Golden Triangle…

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Paper 27 - The (missing) regional dimension to the Lisbon Process

In this paper, and following the lead provided by the Kok Report, I want to discuss the governance of the Lisbon process from the perspective of its delivery, as opposed to its substance. That is, the paper will address directly a central issue raised by the Kok Report, and subsequently endorsed by the Commission and…

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Paper 26 - Response of Scottish stakeholders to FP7 consultation

This document contains submissions from key stakeholders in Scotland to the 2004 UK government consultation on the Seventh EU Research Framework Programme (FP7). The consultation was open from May 2004 until the end of July 2004. Contact details for the organisations that have contributed to this document are reproduced in the paper. The Universities Scotland…

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Special Paper - Scotland's stake in the new partnership for cohesion

A Scotland Europa Members Paper on the future of EU Regional Policy post-2006 EU regional policy has made a difference to Scotland. Not only in the number and diversity of projects ''Part Funded by ERDF/ESF'' in every community, but in stimulating partnerships, testing new policies and approaches and sharing knowledge and expertise. The Structural Funds…

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Special Paper - Transforming the learning culture: Partnership working for a sustainable Scotland

On 27 and 28 April 2004, Scottish Colleges of Further Education presented their work and expertise in Scotland House Brussels. The event was organised by the Association of Scottish Colleges and their members, the Scottish Executive and Scotland Europa. The purpose of the event was to highlight the contribution of the college sector to lifelong…

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Special Paper - A partnership approach

Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland. St. Andrew's Day, our National day, is celebrated on the 30th November each year by Scots around the world. Saint Andrew is thought to have been the younger brother of Simon Peter and both became apostles of Jesus Christ. He went through life leading people to Jesus,…

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Paper 25 - Meeting the environmental challenges of sustainable development in Scotland

Table of Contents A Word from the Commissioner Scotland Europa Environment Group Introduction The Sustainable Development Agenda Climate Change Nature & Biodiversity Environment, Health & Quality of Life Natural Resources & Waste Landscapes Accessing & Enjoying the Environment Raising Awareness & Environmental Education Working in Partnership Future Challenges Annexes

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Paper 24 - The role of universities in the Europe of knowledge

Scotland punches well above its weight in terms of Higher Education, and the statistics prove it. With only 8.6% of the UK population, Scottish Higher Education Institutions win 12% of total research funding available in Britain, while the country ranks third in the world in terms of research publications per capita. The strength of university…

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