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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

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Graham Blythe Head of Office

Graham Blythe
Head of Office

Caroline WinchesterPress & Policy

Caroline Winchester
Press & Policy Officer

Catia BurestaPA to Head of Office and Office

Catia Buresta
PA to Head of Office and Office Manager

Veronica MihaiInformation Officer (absent)

Veronica Mihai
Information Officer (absent)

Rt Hon Lord Brittan of Spennithorne

President Juncker paid tribute to the former European Commissioner: "It is with deep regret that I learned of Leon Brittan's passing. During his ten years of service to the European Commission he held key posts on competition, trade, financial services and external relations policies. He demonstrated his total mastery of complex issues and was a strong advocate for the single market. A man of strong beliefs, a convinced European, he was skilful in translating political principles into action. In a globalising world, he saw the importance of keeping the European continent open to the wider world. That is what he believed in, fought for and achieved.

In all his dealings, he was a man of great competence and conviction. Many who worked with him here remember him as an articulate, astute, and loyal Member of the Delors and Santer Commissions and as an inspiring leader. We in the European Commission, and I personally, will miss the man who made an important contribution to making the EU what it is today and a dear friend for many."

Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU

On 1 January Latvia took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Latvia's priorities for the next six months are a more competitive, digital and engaged Europe. See its website for further information:

2015 – European Year for Development

This year is the first ever European year to deal with Europe's role in the world. EU development aid goes to around 150 countries in the world. Over the last decade, thanks to EU funding, almost 14 million pupils could go to primary school, more than 70 million people were linked to improved drinking water, and over 7.5 million births were attended by skilled health workers, saving the lives of mothers and babies. Although the world has managed to reduce the share of extremely poor people by more than half since 1990, about 1.2 billion people are still extremely poor today and one in eight people in the world do not have enough to eat.

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.

Need more information on the EU and Scotland? Here's where to look:


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: 26/01/2015  |Top