Date lodged: 11 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government on what date it will publish the full minute of the meeting between the First Minister and the German Government's Minister of State for Europe, which was held on 9 August 2016.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 8 September 2016
On 28 June 2016 the Scottish Government received a clear mandate from Parliament to pursue all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with the EU. Acting on this, the First Minister met with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Ministry on 9 August 2016 in Berlin. This meeting was not seeking decisions or conclusions but rather ensuring that Scotland’s voice was heard and that Mr Roth, on behalf of the German Government, understood Scotland’s position.
The Scottish Government is committed to regularly reporting progress on its EU engagement to Parliament including through regular engagement with relevant committees. However, the Scottish Government has no plans to publish a minute of this meeting, in view of the need to protect diplomatic conversations which is the normal practice for government to government meetings internationally.