Culture, Europe and External Affairs Communications Team

Written 16 posts

Minister: “We should be proud of how we play our part in tackling global challenges.”

25th October 2018

Minister for International Development, Ben Macpherson: Since being appointed as the Minister for International Development, one of my key priorities has been to strengthen and enhance Scotland’s firm commitment to global citizenship, built upon our long-held values of internationalism and solidarity with others around the world. Scotland can and should be proud of how we…

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Alina’s Story – #WeAreScotland

4th July 2018

Alina Burnete – Senior Nurse, NHS Grampian Two and a half years ago, Alina Burnete was working as a nurse in Italy and thinking about a change. Originally from Romania, she had lived in Italy for 15 years, nursing for the latter 10, and when she saw an online recruitment ad for nurses in Scotland,…

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Strengthening European ties

22nd May 2018

Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop will visit Brussels to open the event ‘A Sporting Legacy – contributing to Europe’s competitiveness in a global marketplace’, organised by the Scottish Government. During the visit, Ms Hyslop will undertake a series of cultural and political engagements, including meetings with Germany’s State Secretary for Sport Aleksander…

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Protecting what matters – What’s at stake for individuals in the Brexit talks

20th April 2018

Case Study – Nikki, 23, Student, Aberdeen Nikki is studying Sociology at university and works for a charity providing support to victims of rape. Nikki is concerned about how Brexit will impact on her future career prospects: “Definitely affecting my future job prospects. Now that I’m doing my masters and looking to do a PhD,…

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French connections

19th March 2018

Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop visited Paris last week to celebrate Scotland’s cultural, economic and political ties with France and highlight the strong contribution French artists and companies will make to the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival. Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs @FionaHyslop will be in Paris tomorrow to celebrate the contribution of…

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Parliament backs migration powers for Scotland

23rd February 2018

Responding to yesterday’s debate in the Scottish Parliament, in which cross-party support was secured for a Scottish Government motion setting out the need for a Scotland-specific approach to migration, Minister for International Development and Europe, Dr Allan said: “When it comes to migration, Scotland is heavily reliant on the contribution from skilled migrants from all…

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Levelling the Field

27th December 2017

Power of sport for social change – Lisa Bedding, Grant Manager at Comic Relief “Sport has huge potential to help change lives and drive positive change in communities all over the world. We’re harnessing the power of sport for our joint funding programme with the Scottish Government, which is called ‘Levelling the Field’. Our aim is…

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Strengthening Scottish-Irish links

1st December 2017

Last night I was honoured to host the first major St Andrew’s Day event organised by the Scottish Government’s Dublin Hub. The Hub represents Scottish interests in Ireland, by providing dedicated support to high-value governmental, economic, academic and innovation partnerships and is one of several offices the Scottish Government have across the globe. The event…

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Farming project changing lives in Zambia

24th October 2017

Christian Aid Funding Officer Amy Menzies blogs about a project in Zambia that is changing the lives of peope living in the country’s Central Province. Christian Aid Scotland are working with the Scottish Government in Zambia on the project ‘Making Agriculture a Business’, which will support some of the poorest and most marginalised groups in Central…

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St Andrew’s Day debating tournament

13th October 2017

The Scottish Government is providing the English Speaking Union Scotland with funding of up to £6,500 for their annual St Andrew’s Day Debating Tournament which will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Monday 27 November 2017. Now in its 11th year, the tournament has gone from strength to strength attracting young debating teams from…

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