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Paper 23 - 10 Years of Networking Scotland in Europe

I have been asked to provide an overview of Scotland Europa’s development during its first 10 years. I do so very much as an outsider, although one who has followed the development of Scotland Europa with considerable interest. I should also say that I have the pleasure of knowing each of its 3 Chief Executives,…

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Special Paper - Partners in development

Devolution has brought a new urgency, a new momentum, to the policy process in Scotland. Where we can learn from the experience of others, we should do so. Where, in the process of developing policy, we have experience which we can share with others, we should do so. It is a top priority for Scottish…

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Special Paper - Culture and Tourism: Are we talking the same language?

Summary of the main conclusions reached The concept of cultural tourism should be seen as widely as possible. More important than a definition, however, is the approach adopted: In cultural terms, this must emphasise quality, authenticity, the country’s distinctive attributes and the potential for personal experience. In tourism terms, the approach should be informed by an understanding of tourism…

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Paper 22 - Scotland in the European Union

The Scottish Parliament, which was established by legislation in November 1998 and held its first meeting in May 1999, was not created within a political vacuum. Rather, it was established at the end of a century of great change in Europe and within the ad hoc constitutional tradition of the UK. This wider political context…

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Paper 21 - Glasgow the learning city: Lifelong learning and regeneration

One of the UK's most celebrated authors is opening a new educational association set up by some of Glasgow's young business people. They are attempting to fill the educational vacuum that exists between the technical institute and the University. Based in the city centre, the new association will provide more than 2,000 students with commercial…

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Paper 20 - A new institute for the 'New Economy': The Institute for the Knowledge Economy

§1. INTRODUCTION §2. THE REAL KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY §3. IT COMES OF AGE §4. SCOTLAND OUT THINKING THE REST! §4.1 THE OVERALL POSITION –WARTS AND ALL §4.2 DIGITAL CONNECTED SCOTLAND – ‘NECESSARY BUT NOT SUFFICIENT?’ §5. THE INSTITUTE FOR THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY (IKE) §5.1 GOALS AND PROGRAMMES OF AN INSTITUTE FOR THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY (IKE) §5.2…

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Paper 19 - Towards an inclusive knowledge-based economy

Politicians, business theorists and researchers have for some years now been grappling to find ways of explaining the economic changes happening all around them. Such labels as “the information society”, “the new economy” and the “knowledge-based economy” are used to attempt to describe ways in which the increasing accumulation and application of knowledge is used…

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Paper 18 - The Scottish experience of preparing and implementing Structural Fund Programmes

Section A: The Structural Funds Reform Package Section B: The Scottish Response - plan preparation Section C: New and emerging policy themes for 2000-2006 Section D: Strategic Coherence and Improved Co-ordination Section E: The Scottish experience of administering Structural Fund programmes Section F: Conclusions References

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Paper 17 - The European Employment Strategy: Implications for Scotland

‘The issue of employment is central to the concerns of Europe’s citizens and every effort must be made to combat unemployment, the unacceptable level of which poses a threat to the cohesion of our societies. In the face of that challenge, to which there is no easy answer, the European Council today, for the first…

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Paper 16 - Regional innovation strategy Western Scotland

The long-term goal of the RIS is to establish Western Scotland as the most innovative region in Europe. To support this goal, 3 objectives have been identified which will provide a focus for our activities during implementation. Increase the number of innovative companies in Western Scotland Improve the capacity of the education sector to support…

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Paper 15 - Regional participation in EU affairs: Lessons for Scotland from Austria, Germany & Spain

INTRODUCTION SECTION ONE: REGIONAL REPRESENTATION IN EUROPEAN MATTERS 1.1. Constitutional Powers of the Regions 1.2. Ability to influence European Legislation Participation at the regional level Ministries of the regional governments Regional Parliaments National Level National Parliaments National Governments Interministerial Conferences Liaison Offices Participation in National Delegations to the European Union Council and Commission Working Groups…

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Paper 13 - Community development and higher education

A Case Study of the University of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland The Highlands and Islands of Scotland constitute a remote and peripheral region in a British and European context. Situated in the north-western extremities of the British Isles, the region has for several centuries struggled against the vagaries of its isolation – geographic,…

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Paper 14 - The Euro: How can Scotland face up to the challenge?

The Objective of this paper is to assist political and economic actors in Scotland, to identify the issues requiring to be addressed in relation to a single currency. As we stand poised on the threshold of historic change what are the challenges that we face in Scotland? How can we put in place the building…

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Special Paper - Meeting the challenge of sustainable development in Scotland: A partnership approach

Table of contents Scotland Europa Environment Group Introduction Scotland’s environment land water air Scotland’s economy The EU environmental agenda Scottish environmental regulation: Scottish Office Scottish Environment Protection Agency/Scottish Natural Heritage Local authorities Links with business and industry The balance between economic development and environmental protection Economic development European Structural Funds Environmental protection Education Outstanding environmental…

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Paper 12 - Redefining the social economy: the voluntary sector in the Scottish economy

Contents The Social Economy and the Voluntary Sector The Social Economy Policy Issues for the Social Economy Features of the Voluntary Sector A Policy Agenda Footnotes Alistair Grimes, Community Enterprise in StrathclydeStephen Maxwell, Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations

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Paper 11 - Promoting European cohesion and prosperity into the 21st century

The European Union’s structural policies are the cornerstone of its activities to promote the objective of economic and social cohesion set out in the ‘Treaty on European Union’. There continue to be strong economic, social and political grounds for the EU putting balanced economic development and converging economic performance, alongside the promotion of a prosperous…

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Paper 10 - The governance of European Structural Funds

Preface Introduction Partnerships in Economic Development Partnerships in the European Context European Partnerships in Scotland Key Issues and Lessons (i) The size and Composition of the Partnerships (ii) The Nature of the Relationships Between Partners (iii) The Role of Independent Partnership Executives (iv) The Geography of the Partnerships (v) The Strategic role and Capacity of…

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Paper 9 - The impact of the Strathclyde Integrated Development Operation 1988-1992

Preface PART 1: The Lessons Learned from the Experience of the Strathclyde IDO Introduction and Background Change of emphasis for an infrastructure dominated Programme Further development of the partnership approach Improved project selection and appraisal systems Improved monitoring of project performance Increased sophistication of the Programme management, Administration and IT systems Formalising the role of…

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Paper 7 - European challenges: Scotland

I Scotland: Demographic Background II The Characteristics of the Economy  A changing Economic Structure GDP, Growth and Exports Productivity in Manufacturing 19 Unemployment Regional Policy and Inward Investment III Prospects for the Main Economic Sectors Primary Industries Oil and Gas Manufacturing Industry Finance and Business Services IV Shaping Factors for the Future Location Regional Policy…

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Paper 8 - Public service obligations in a competitive electricity market

This Paper describes the British electricity industry, the manner in which competition has been introduced into it and the way in which the regulatory framework for the industry reconciles competition with other public policy objectives. It highlights the ambiguous attitude the Electricity Act 1989 takes towards social policy objectives and speculates as to whether the…

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