• Scotland’s European future

    9th May 2018 by

    On Europe Day, Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, reflects on the importance of our relationship with the EU – as the Brexit process continues. It's #EuropeDay! This year we're saying #ThankEU for everything the EU has done for Scotland. — ScotGovEurope (@ScotGovEurope) May 9, 2018 Some 45 years...

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  • From Brussels to Beijing – the world celebrates St Andrew’s Day

    4th December 2014 by

    Scotland’s national day provides an opportunity to celebrate our country’s many contributions to the world – our people, our history, our key economic sectors and our culture. For colleagues in the Government’s External Affairs directorate – both at home and in our overseas offices – the annual St Andrew’s Day celebrations provides an important platform...

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  • Fiona Hyslop: Remembering The Holodomor

    3rd December 2014 by

    On Saturday my colleague Marco Biagi and I joined members of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain to mark the eighty-first anniversary of the Holodomor – a man-made tragedy of an unimaginable scale, that involved the forced starvation of millions of Ukrainians – men, women and children – by the Soviet regime under Stalin....

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  • Fiona Hyslop: Connecting People, Power and Politics

    17th November 2014 by

    Scotland recognises the importance of working in partnership with our many European friends to confront the key challenges facing Europe. I recently took part in an enjoyable debate in Brussels on the crucial topic, ‘Employment – The Challenge for Europe’. At the invitation of L’Observateur magazine, I sat alongside Kris Peeters, the Belgian Minister for Employment, the...

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  • Humza Yousaf: International development on agenda in Geneva

    14th November 2014 by

    Earlier this week I was in Geneva, engaging with a number of forums about the Scottish Government’s innovative approach to and effective, targeted work in the international development sphere, and our pioneering role as champions of climate justice. The visit was organised around an invitation to address the inaugural session of the CIFAL Global Network...

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  • Fiona Hyslop: Strengthening ties with our Celtic neighbours

    12th November 2014 by

    Scotland and Ireland have a long-standing friendship, which is based on a shared history, culture and language. To further joint efforts to strengthen this relationship and enhance Scottish and Irish co-operation, I visited Dublin last month, where I met the Irish Government, Enterprise Ireland and gave a speech at the Institute for International and European...

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  • Donnie Jack: Strengthening economic and cultural links with Chile

    4th November 2014 by

    I recently bade farewell to Mr Wheelhouse at the conclusion of our first ever Ministerial visit to Chile. The hook on which the visit took place was an invitation from the Chilean Fisheries Minister to attend Aqua Sur; the biggest aquaculture conference and exhibition in the southern hemisphere. Working with colleagues from across the Scottish...

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  • Polish Consul General Dariusz Adler: Remembering Wojtek the soldier bear

    3rd November 2014 by

    This world famous Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh will soon host a new statue of Polish soldiers and their friend, the “Soldier Bear” Wojtek, who together fought on the fronts of World War II. The sculpture not only honours the role of the Polish Army in allied victory, but also pays tribute to all living...

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  • Fergus Ewing: Strengthening links with the Isle of Man

    30th October 2014 by

    I recently took advantage of our re-established direct air route, between Glasgow and the Isle of Man, to visit with counterparts on the Island and forge some new links between our governments. The flight itself is an example of what can be done when our Ministers and officials work together – as they do so...

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  • NIDOS Seminar

    24th October 2014 by

    Throughout 2014, the Scottish Government has been having a lively debate with interested stakeholders about Scotland’s reputation as a good global citizen. I was delighted to speak yesterday (23 October) at the annual seminar of the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS). We make an important and distinctively Scottish contribution to helping some...

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