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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00636: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what review it carries out of the effectiveness of Scotland House in Brussels on (a) culture, (b) tourism and (c) external affairs.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 22 June 2016

The Scottish Government and Scotland Europa offices based in Scotland House contribute to the delivery of the Scottish Government’s priorities across portfolios. The Scottish Government regularly reviews its operations and priorities in all areas where there is a Scottish EU interest and reports on activities to the Scottish Parliament at the beginning of each EU Presidency term.

Scotland Europa priorities are reviewed on an annual basis as part of the Scottish Enterprise process. In addition Scotland Europa priorities are discussed annually with its members. Work to establish an innovation and investment hub in Brussels will enhance our ability to engage with and influence EU institutions and individual member states and collaborate with others to help secure additional investment for Scotland.