• French connections

    19th March 2018 by

    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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  • Protecting EU citizen’s rights

    6th March 2018 by

    Protecting the rights of EU citizens living in Scotland is an issue that is very close to my heart, and at the top of the Scottish Government’s agenda as the UK’s Brexit negotiations progress. This is why tonight I will be in Dundee for the second of a series of public meetings with EU citizens...

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  • Northern neighbours

    25th February 2018 by

    This week I will be in Norway to strengthen Scotland’s bonds with our Nordic neighbours and engage with the newly appointed Norwegian Government. Building upon my previous engagement to the country in 2017, the visit is an opportunity to cement our diplomatic ties with Norway and, in collaboration with Scottish Development International, inject new confidence...

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  • Parliament backs migration powers for Scotland

    23rd February 2018 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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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  • Brexit discussions in and around the Scottish Parliament

    6th November 2017 by

    A regular update from the Scottish Government's Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe Michael Russell.

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  • Farming project changing lives in Zambia

    24th October 2017 by

    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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  • Planes, trains and automobiles

    23rd October 2017 by

    For the last two weeks the Scottish Parliament has been in recess, which means there’s no parliamentary business. The same cannot be said for the world of Brexit negotiations.

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  • St Andrew’s Day debating tournament

    13th October 2017 by

    St Andrew’s Day Debating Tournament

    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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