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Office in Scotland

Office in Scotland

The Office of the European Commission in Scotland was set up in 1975, and acts as a bridge between the people, politicians, businesses and organisations of Scotland and the departments and personnel of the EU institution based in Brussels. The Head of Office is Graham Blythe.

The office is located in the centre of Edinburgh, just a few steps from the West End of Princes Street.

European Commission
Office in Scotland
9 Alva Street
Edinburgh EH2 4PH

Tel: 0131 225 2058
Fax: 0131 226 4105

Graham Blythe
Head of Office


Veronica Mihai
Office manager and Secretary


Caroline Winchester
Press & Policy Officer

Single Market Supplement

The Office of the European Commission in Scotland was delighted to contribute to a supplement that featured in the Daily Record on the 3 November, 2014. Since 2012 supplements have also appeared in the Herald, the Press & Journal and the Courier & Advertiser. Each has highlighted the benefits gained from the Single Market such consumer EU rights protection, the European Health Insurance Card, the reduction in roaming charges . . .

Read the Daily Record page here pdf - 247 KB [247 KB]

Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU

On 1 July Italy took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. Italy's priorities for the presidency are to improve economic growth and employment, meet Europe's foreign policy challenges and to reengage citizens. See its website for further information:

Statement by President Barroso on the results of the Scottish referendum

"I welcome the decision of the Scottish people to maintain the unity of the United Kingdom. This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that the European Commission stands for.

The European Commission welcomes the fact that during the debate over the past years, the Scottish Government and the Scottish people have repeatedly reaffirmed their European commitment. 

The European Commission will continue to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Scottish Government, in areas under its responsibility, that are important to Scotland's future, including jobs and growth, energy, climate change and the environment, and smarter regulation."

DG Agri at Royal Highland Show

The sun shone down this year on the Royal Highland Show. The EC Agriculture stand showcased a selection of EU quality foods and Brussels staff were on hand to answer the trickier farming questions. Alongside EU publications and quizzes, a wheel of fortune and a "milk shake cow" entertained younger visitors (as well as a number of bears).

Consumer Rights Directive

The Commission has produced a helpful factsheet  on the new Consumer Rights Directive. This directive strengthens your consumer rights for online shopping across Europe and on the high street.

Orkney Ocean Energy Day

On 3 June, the European Commission head of unit for renewable energy sources participated in Orkney Ocean Energy Day, as part of the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week. Paul Verhoef was able to see at first hand exciting new wave and tidal technologies at the European Marine Energy Centre. He followed this up with a meeting with representatives from across the Scottish renewables sector, the Scotland Office and DECC.

ECC-Net: Travel App

The European Consumer Centres Network has launched "ECC-Net: Travel App" to help consumers enforce their consumer rights while on holiday. It is available from: Google Playstore (Android), Apple app store (iOS) and Windows Store (Microsoft)

Higher Education Head of Unit visit

Adam Tyson, the Commission's Head of Unit for Higher Education also paid Scotland a visit in May. He discussed higher education, funding challenges and Erasmus+ (the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport) with the Scottish Government and university vice-principals before speaking at the European Council for Business Education annual conference.

Europe Day, 9 May

Over 3,000 visitors came to our biggest Europe Day event yet. Set this year in George Square, Glasgow, the fair showcased over 22 EU Member States and sources of EU information.  It was launched by Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, and the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sadie Docherty. Entertainment was provided by talented young singers and dancers from Denmark, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland and Scotland.

Euroquiz finalists 2014

Congratulations to Crossford Primary School who showed amazing knowledge on Europe and the EU to win the 2014 Scottish European Educational Trust Euroquiz Finals. They beat 30 other primary school teams from across Scotland in a thrilling final in the Scottish Parliament.

Find out the facts

Ever wondered if that story about the EU in the press was really true? Now you can find out by checking 'Setting the facts straight', a new website from the Commission spokesperson service.

Reporting Europe

Our office was pleased to support a Scotland Europa panel discussion in May.  Alex Massie, Paul Gillespie, Dr Simon Usherwood and John Palmer discussed the role and responsibility of the media when it comes to “Reporting Europe”. Lesley Riddoch chaired.

Digital Agenda Director General

Robert Madelin, the EC's Digital Agenda Director General, visited Scotland in May. After giving a presentation to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, he met with Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Principal and staff of the University of Edinburgh and Mike Nielsen, Digital Director, Scottish Government together with the City of Glasgow Future Cities demonstrator team. He finished his packed day with a meeting with Catherine Stihler MEP on increased access to e-books in public libraries and with SCVO's Director of Digital Participation, Chris Yiu.

European Movement question time debate

Ahead of the EP elections, the European Movement in Scotland held a series of public ‘question time’ style debates on the topic ‘Scotland and the EU – why should we care?’ The debates were held in five different universities across Scotland and provoked lively discussion, expertly chaired by the well-known political commentator Professor John Curtice.

EPSO visit

The Director of the European Personnel Selection Office visited Edinburgh in March to highlight the opportunities for Brits for careers in the EU institutions. David Bearfield met with the Scottish Government and university career advisors before speaking to students from across Scotland.

Women in science: The next generation

School students from across Aberdeenshire were given the opportunity to hear from and engage with inspiring women in science at the University of Aberdeen on 6 March, sponsored by the Commission office. Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission President, came back to her university to launch an Inspiring Women exhibition as part of an international Women's Day conference. 


science - it's a girl thing

science - it's a girl thing

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Europe Direct in Edinburgh

A new centre offering the public free access to information on the European Union and how it operates has officially launched in Edinburgh. Run by the Edinburgh Chamber of commerce, the new Europe Direct Information Centre is located at Capital House, 2 Festival Square. The centre is open during normal business hours, Monday - Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday, 9am to 3pm.

Anyone interested in making an enquiry can drop into the centre, or phone on 0131 221 2999 or e-mail 

Last update: 21/11/2014  |Top