Representative Office (Brussels)

Scottish EXECUTIVE – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 17th June 1999.

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Photo of Hugh Henry Hugh Henry Labour 2:30 pm, 17th June 1999

To ask the Scottish Executive when it believes that the Scottish representative office will open in Brussels. (S1O-32)

Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour

The Scottish representative office will open for business on 1 July and will be officially opened in the autumn, when the EU institutions return from their summer break.

Photo of Hugh Henry Hugh Henry Labour

Will the Scottish representative office advance Scotland's case in Europe? The minister may know that there has been much excitement among many European institutions at the formation of this Parliament, and that a very strong Scottish partnership is already in evidence in Brussels. Scotland Europa represents the private, local government, voluntary, academic and other sectors. Will the Scottish Representative Office be available to support that strong, effective partnership?

Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour

Scotland Europa has done a tremendous job representing Scotland's interests in Europe since it began in 1992. We hope that a strong partnership will develop in the years ahead between Scotland House and Scotland Europa. To assist that partnership, I have written to Scotland's new MEPs, to congratulate them and to invite them to meet me to discuss how they can help us promote Scotland's interests in Europe.