European Commission Office in Scotland
The Office of the European Commission in Scotland was set up in 1975, and acts as a bridge between the people, politicians, businesses and organisations of Scotland and the departments and personnel of the EU institution based in Brussels.
Europe Division of The Scottish Government
The Scottish Government's Europe Division is responsible for advising Scottish Government Ministers, public sector officials and the people of Scotland on EU affairs and engagement. It ensures that Scotland's interests on EU matters are effectively represented in Scotland, Brussels and with the UK Government and Devolved Administrations. Europe Division also has a representation office in Brussels.
The European and External Relations Committee of The Scottish Parliament
The European and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament has a remit to consider and report on: proposals for European Communities legislation; the implementation of European Communities legislation; any European Communities or European Union issue; the development and implementation of the Scottish Administration's links with countries and territories outside Scotland, the European Communities (and their institutions) and other international organisations; and co-ordination of the international activities of the Scottish Administration.
The Economic and Social Committee
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the larger institutions - the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament.
There are four EESC members from Scotland:
George Traill Lyon
The Committee of the Regions
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is a political assembly that provides the regional and local levels with a voice in EU policy development and EU legislation. The Treaties oblige the Commission, Parliament and Council to consult the Committee of the Regions whenever new proposals are made in areas that affect the regional or local level. The CoR has 344 members from the 27 EU countries, and its work is organised in 6 different commissions.
CoR Members from Scotland are:
• Cllr Graham Garvie (alternate member)
• Cllr Roger Knox
• Stewart Maxwell MSP
• Cllr Corrie McChord
• Alexander Smith Park (alternate member)
Scotland Europa is a membership-based organisation that promotes Scotland's interests across the institutions of the European Union and to the representatives of Europe's regions and Member States. It is part of Scottish Enterprise.
European Information Network in Scotland
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The FCO's dedicated website provides information and guidance on the EU.
The United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the EU (UKRep) represents the UK in negotiations that take place at the EU level, ensuring that Britain's interests are heard by other member states, the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament.
The House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee
The European Scrutiny Committee assesses the legal and/or political importance of each EU document (about 1,100 per year) and decides which are debated.
The House of Lords European Union Select Committee
The European Union Committee of the House of Lords considers EU documents and other matters relating to the EU in advance of decisions being taken on them in Brussels.
Europe Direct Centres in Scotland
Europe Direct Centre in Aberdeen
Aberdeen City Libraries: Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Central Library
Aberdeen AB25 1GW
EDIC manager: Yvonne Barclay
Tel: 01224 652513
Europe Direct Centre in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
2 Festival Square
Scotland EH3 9SU
EDIC manager: Gerardine Renwick
Europe Direct Centre in Outer Hebrides
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Isle of Lewis HS1 2BW
EDIC manager: Linda Cunningham
Tel: 01851 822616
European Documentation Centres (ECD)
Aberdeen University: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/taylor/edc/
Dundee University: http://www.europe.org.uk/regions/contact/-/id/28876/
Edinburgh University: http://www.europe.org.uk/regions/contact/-/id/20594/
Glasgow University: http://www.europe.org.uk/regions/contact/-/id/30827/
European Parliament Information Offices
The European Parliament has Information Offices in all the Member States of the European Union.
Projet Citoyen started life because of the realisation that young people (and adults!) across Europe often know very little of the work and importance of the European Parliament. With the help of a grant fromt he Parliament a group of Sixth Year students in East Dunbartonshire set out to do something about that. They started using the Internet to research various European themes, and worked in groups looking at a particular area of European policy.
They also visited Strasbourg, visited the Parliament, made contact with other young Europeans, and met with MEPs and senior officers of the Parliament. To disseminate further what they learned, the students developed an interactive online quiz. Aimed at younger pupils in S1 or S2, the quiz is entertaining and informative. It is web-based and will be used in the schools of East Dunbartonshire and can be disseminated on a wider basis.
Charlemagne Youth Prize 2012
The Charlemagne Youth Prize is awarded to projects undertaken by young people which foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity, and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community. It is awarded jointly by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. Applications for the 2012 Prize will be accepted until Monday, 23rd January 2012. More information and the rules of the competition can be found on the European Parliament's Charlemagne Youth Prize website.
EUROPA Kids' Corner
Launched by the European Commission the 'Kids' Corner' is dedicated to children and young people. The website includes information about children's rights as well as games, quizzes and information about the EU and its Member States.
The Scottish European Educational Trust was established in 1993. It aims to promote and encourage education about Europe to students at schools, colleges and universities throughout Scotland.
Euroscola Days at the European Parliament in Strasbourg give Sixth Form students the opportunity to taste what European democracy works. From the benches of the European Parliament's hemicycle, the students get the unique opportunity to experience EU decision making in the form of a multilingual European Youth Parliament. For more information visit the Scottish Euroscola website and the European Parliament's visitors's website.
Scottish University Programmes
University of Aberdeen
University of Abertay, Dundee
University of Dundee
University of Edinburgh
MA International Relations, MSc International & European Politics, MSc European Union Politics and Law, MSc Multi-Level and Regional Politics, LLM Comparative & European Private Law.
The Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh is one of the most active and longest-established specialist centres of advanced study on European integration in the United Kingdom and Europe.
University of Glasgow
MSc European politics, MSc European Policy & Law