Date lodged: 13 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to its news release, 2018 Arctic Circle Assembly, which was published on 19 October 2018, what progress is being made with developing its arctic strategy; by what date it will be published, and what discussions it has had with (a) Shetland and (b) Orkney Island Council regarding its plans for the strategy.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 26 November 2018
The Scottish Government is committed to developing links with its close neighbours in the high north and identifying opportunities for collaboration, growth and policy exchange.
An Arctic Policy Steering Group comprising experts and interested parties has now been established. As Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, I chaired meetings of the group on 3 October and 14 November 2018 and no date has yet been set for publication.
Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council are represented at the Steering Group and in addition I have met and discussed our work with Councillor James Stockan, Leader of Orkney Island Council.
Other steering group members include representatives from St Andrews University Arctic Centre, the European Policy and Research Centre, Scottish Association of Marine Science and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.