Scotland’s Councils will continue to engage with Europe

As the United Kingdom prepares to exit the European Union, Scotland’s most senior Councillor has announced that Scottish Local Government will continue to work closely with partners across the continent.

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said:

“Brexit does not mean that Scotland’s councils will withdraw from the relationships we have worked hard to build with our European counterparts.

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Fri, 13/09/2019 - 12:44

COSLA President comment on Brexit readiness

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said:

"COSLA’s position was a strong one for remaining a member of the EU.

"However we started contingency planning with and on behalf of our membership immediately the decision to leave was taken.

"Despite the uncertainty Brexit is causing, councils continue to deliver essential services to their communities.

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Tue, 18/09/2018 - 11:43

Aberdeenshire Council, COSLA and Scottish Government Represent Scotland at EU Sustainable Energy Week

Yesterday (6th June), Aberdeenshire Council, participated in the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) Policy Conference in Brussels. This event was led by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) alongside Local Government Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden and delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government and Catalan Energy Agency.

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Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:00

COSLA in EU lobbying success as communities can continue to work together across North Sea

On 29th May the European Commission presented its first EU Regional Fund proposals for post Brexit era (2021-2027).

Although the UK will not be part of it, there was considerable interest from  local UK communities about continuing to cooperate with their counterparts on the European mainland through the INTERREG programme.

The Commission proposed yesterday that the UK Local Authority areas will be eligible to participate in EU cooperation just like other non-EU Member States such as Norway, Iceland or Switzerland as well as Liechtenstein, Andorra and Monaco.

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Wed, 30/05/2018 - 13:10


Earlier today (Monday), in Brussels, COSLA’s President and Vice-President met with the EU Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier. The meeting discussed the potential impacts on public services, local economic sectors, citizen’s rights and community cohesion in Scotland of the UK withdrawal from the EU. 

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Mon, 23/10/2017 - 12:00


By Councillor Harry McGuigan, COSLA’s Spokesperson on Europe

"Scotland’s Council Leaders agreed unanimously, pre- referendum, that the benefits of staying in the EU considerably outweighed those of leaving.  There were strong feelings in favour of the rights we have gained and the relative peace we have enjoyed.  

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Fri, 18/11/2016 - 00:00


Leaders of local government in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have united around the call for further devolution to local communities across the UK after Brexit.

Council leaders across the UK are warning against any new constitutional settlement once we leave the EU being decided only by Westminster and the devolved administrations in Holyrood, Stormont and Cardiff Bay.

The local government associations of the four countries of the UK are calling for constitutional talks with government to ensure three key principles underpin any new settlement:

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Wed, 16/11/2016 - 00:00

Welsh and Scottish associations voice support for stay in EU campaign

With the EU referendum fast approaching on 23 June, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) have voiced their support for continued membership of the EU.

From economic well-being and significant levels of inward investment, to important cultural links, both associations hope the current and historic benefits of EU membership will form part of the public’s consideration as they make an important decision on the future of the UK.

Councillor Bob Bright (Newport City Council), WLGA spokesperson on Europe, said:

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Tue, 17/05/2016 - 10:52

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.

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Mon, 09/05/2016 - 13:16