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A Scottish Stakeholder Discussion on the Future of European Collaboration

Scotland remains committed to European regional collaboration and the value that brings to us and our partners across the EU. Recognising the value that such collaboration has brought to Scotland over the years – be it on regional policy and Structural Funds; rural development; Smart Specialisation or research and innovation – this stakeholder forum will provide an opportunity for Scottish stakeholders to discuss the future development of European policy and instruments for collaboration and innovation, as well as the opportunities for our continued engagement.

Key Note Speech - Scotland’s Place in Europe – the value of our European Partnerships

  • Mike Russell MSP, The Scottish Government Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe (By VC)

High-Level Panel discussion on Scotland’s European Collaboration – What’s next?

  • Professor Andrew Scott, European Union Studies, The University of Edinburgh & Member of the Standing Council on Europe
  • Professor Iain Gray, Director of Aerospace Cranfield University, Convener of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Business Innovation Forum, former CEO Innovate UK, member of the EU High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU research and innovation programmes (Lamy Group).
  • Eleni Marianou, Secretary General, Conference for Peripheral and Maritime Regions
  • Doctor Fabian Zuleeg – Chief Executive, European Policy Centre & Member of the Standing Council on Europe

Current EU funding programme opportunities - What can we do now?

  • Sam Lucas, Head of European Territorial Cooperation, DCLG
  • David Anderson, Deputy Director for Structural Funds, Scottish Government

Breakout discussion and reflection sessions on the Future of European Collaboration and Engagement

  • Group 1: What is key for Scotland in terms of continuing engagement in EU regional collaboration? This discussion group will focus on Scotland’s continued engagement from the perspective of maintaining our profile as a partner of choice with our European and International partners. How to approach this and what we need to develop and pro-actively do. Lead contributor: Mike Neilson, Director of the Scottish Government Brussels Office.

  • Group 2: A regional approach – a perspective from other UK regions that we can learn from This discussion group will focus on perspectives from across the UK, what they are, how they align with Scotland’s views. Lead contributor: John Maxwell, Head of State Aid & European Territorial Cooperation Unit, Scottish Government

  • Group 3 - How do we influence and maintain alignment with the future EU regional collaboration policy and funding instruments? This discussion group will focus on Scotland’s main priorities and challenges for maintaining influence and alignment with the EU policy and funding instruments after the UK has exited the EU and beyond 2020. Lead contributor: Linda Stewart, Director of European and International Development, University of the Highlands and Islands

Case-Study testimonials from Scottish stakeholder benefits on the impact of EU collaboration & engagement

  • Valeria Ferrando, EU Head of Research, IES
  • Brian McVey, Head of EU Engagement, Scottish Enterprise

- This will be followed by an evening networking reception -

All confirmed speakers:

  • John Maxwell

    John Maxwell

    Scottish Government

  • David Anderson

    David Anderson

    Scottish Government

  • John Bachtler

    John Bachtler


  • Sir John Elvidge

    Sir John Elvidge

    RSE Research Fellow

  • Valeria Ferrando

    Valeria Ferrando

    IES Ltd

  • Francesca Giannini

    Francesca Giannini

    Scottish Enterprise

  • Iain Gray

    Iain Gray

    Cranfield University

  • SL Sam Lucas

    Sam Lucas


  • Eleni Marianou

    Eleni Marianou


  • Brian McVey

    Brian McVey

    Scottish Enterprise

  • Mike Russell MSP

    Mike Russell MSP


  • Mike Neilson

    Mike Neilson

    Scottish Government

  • Drew Scott

    Drew Scott

    University of Edinburgh

  • Linda Stewart

    Linda Stewart


  • Fabian Zuleeg

    Fabian Zuleeg

    European Policies Centre

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