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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12875: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government by what date the innovation and investment hubs in (a) Berlin and (b) Brussels will open.

Answered by: Keith Brown 30 November 2017

The Scottish Government has recently appointed a Head of Hub for Berlin. She took up post on 27 November and we will shortly begin to recruit a second member of staff. The process to recruit an SDI member of staff is also underway. Concurrently we are in the process of preparing suitable accommodation, on an initial basis, within the UK Embassy in Berlin.

Scotland already has a well-established presence in Brussels, with many of the characteristics of an Innovation and Investment Hub, covering economic, diplomatic and cultural dimensions. Work is currently underway to integrate the Scottish Government and Scotland Europa teams more closely across these areas to maximise impact, with some reconfiguration of the workspace to enable this, following which formal designation as a Hub is planned in Spring 2018.