The East of Scotland European Consortium (ESEC) is a local authority membership organisation with a political board whom collaborate on a shared EU agenda as it affects and supports economic development in the area. ESEC’s agenda is mainly concentrated around EU policy developments and associated lobbying activity but also EU funding opportunities and strategic projects..
ESEC was established in 1991 to promote the interests of its local authority members and engage with European policy and funding issues on their behalf. ESEC is a non-statutory joint committee with political representations from 9 local authorities in Eastern and North eastern Scotland.
Originally established by four regional councils, after reorganisation of Scottish local government in April 1996 membership comprised 11 council. They were joined in by Aberdeenshire in April 2000, Aberdeen City in 2002 and Moray in 2004.
ESEC objectives are to:
Establish EU policy knowledge and information on EU funding
Provide information advice
Highlight funding opportunities
Facilitate project development
Lobby and petition on behalf of the East of Scotland to influence EU policy change
Focus on key issues that affect regional economic growth
Identify issues that affect East of Scotland local authorities
Ensure EU policy engagement
Proactively set up networking events in Brussels and Scotland
Network with other regional and national organisations