Entries by Joanne Scobie

MSPs debate future of LEADER, the EU rural development programme

On 6 March 2018, the Scottish Parliament chamber debated LEADER, the EU’s rural development fund, following a motion submitted by Mairi Gougeon MSP. The debate followed an initial meeting between Members of the Scottish Parliament, ESEC EU officer Joanne Scobie and the LEADER Forth Valley Lomond programme manager, Anne-Michelle Ketteridge. The meeting provided the opportunity […]

ESEC joins campaign to #KeepErasmusPlus

ESEC has joined youth, third sector and sports organisations across the United Kingdom to launch #KeepErasmusPlus, a national campaign to save a vital European exchange programme which has benefited over half a million people. Erasmus+ is a European funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It enables people – especially those who can’t otherwise […]

East of Scotland’s €11m of Erasmus grants for schools, colleges, universities and even national football teams

ESEC’s ongoing to research into the impact of EU funding in our region has revealed that one of the main EU programmes we work with, Erasmus+, has provided financial support of over €11 million to projects in the east of Scotland since 2014. “Our area has received €11,042,493 to date but even this is a conservative […]

Scottish Government publishes Brexit position

The Scottish Government has today published its Brexit plans on Scotland’s place in Europe. ESEC welcomes the statement from the Scottish Government that local government has a significant stake in future options. Local councils deliver on the ground a significant amount of EU policy, including social inclusion, environmental protection, transport, rural and maritime development, procurement and state […]

Mairi Evans MSP highlights impact of Brexit on Local Authorities

On 14 September 2016, former ESEC chair Mairi Evans MSP spoke in the Scottish Parliament about the impact of Brexit on Local Authorities. MSP Evans informed the chamber that the impacts of the Brexit vote are already having a real impact on local government, particularly in relation to funding. She pointed out that local authorities are […]