COSLA statement on Europe Day

To mark the celebration of Europe Day today (Monday 9 May) COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill re-iterated COSLA’s position to remain within the EU.

“In COSLA’s Convention we agreed unanimously and across all our political groups that we would campaign to remain within the European Union for the EU Referendum.

“Councillors, representing all our membership, feel that given the social, economic, environmental, political and peace dividends being part of Europe brings this is the right thing to do. 

“COSLA also feels that the ability to directly influence the EU agenda from within its institutions was an important feature of the current arrangement although it was also felt that these could and must be improved upon, particularly with respect to the role of Scottish Local Government in working with the UK and Scottish Governments and Parliaments.

“COSLA will be keen to seek a positive vote and encourages Councillors to campaign for Scotland and the UK to remain in the EU.”

Councillor O’Neill concluded: 

”After the Referendum, and whatever the outcome, agreement needs to be reached to strengthen subsidiarity and the role of local self-government.”

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Mon, 09/05/2016 - 14:16