A key function of ESEC is lobby and petition on behalf of the East of Scotland to influence EU policy change and to ensure EU policy engagement. In order to do this, we prioritise key issues that affect regional economic growth or issues that affect of are peculiar East of Scotland local authorities within a Scottish context. We produce a number of briefing notes for members throughout the year on relevant EU policy areas that require concise explication.

As part of our objective to influence the development of emerging European policy and legislation, ESEC contributes to a number of relevant EU consultations.  The priority work areas are identified through an annual workplan which is agreed by the Policy Board every year. A number of these consultation responses and position papers are available to view here.

Our main work areas are around the following themes:

Regional Development

  • Cohesion Policy
  • State Aid
  • SME and competitiveness
  • Employability and Skills
  • Education

Sustainable Development

  • Environmental Resource Efficiency
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Fisheries management and coastal communities
  • Common Agricultural Policy