East of Scotland European Consortium

The East of Scotland European Consortium (ESEC) is a local authority membership organisation with a political board whom collaborate on a shared EU agenda as it affects and supports economic development in the area. ESEC’s agenda is mainly concentrated around EU policy developments and associated lobbying activity but also EU funding opportunities and strategic projects. ESEC was established in 1991 to promote the interests of its local authority members and engage with European policy and funding issues on their behalf. ESEC is a non-statutory joint committee with political representations from 9 local authorities in Eastern and North eastern Scotland.
County Buildings
Market Street
DD8 6WD
Forfar | GB
www.esec.org.uk
Scotland Europa Key Contact: Eleanor McKeegan

Networks

URL: http://www.scotlandeuropa.com

Remit: Scotland Europa promotes Scottish interests across the institutions of the European Union and to the representatives of Europe’s regions and nations. Scotland Europa membership brings together a wide range of Scottish organisations, including public authorities, businesses, local government, trade unions and education and voluntary organisations. This diverse partnership gives us a variety of perspectives on Scottish interests in Europe and an influential voice in European affairs. With experienced and specialised staff based in Brussels and Scotland, Scotland Europa fosters strong links between Scotland and Europe, providing intelligence, policy analysis and strategic funding advice.

URL: http://cpmr.org

Remit: The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions brings together some 160 regions from 25 States from the European Union and beyond. Representing about 200 million people, the CPMR campaigns in favour of a more balanced development of the European territory. It operates both as a think tank and as a lobby for regions.

Themes

Innovation, Enterprise, Social, Energy, Environment, Regional

Programmes

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.
Boosting skills and employability. The programme will increase the quality and relevance of Europe’s education systems by providing funding for the professional development of education and training staff, as well as youth workers and for cooperation between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations.
Securing Europes global competitiveness, strengthening its position in science and its industrial leadership in innovation by providing major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs. The programme aims at tackling societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market. Horizon 2020 is designed to be a different kind of EU research programme - funding the entire value creation chain from fundamental research through to market innovation, and with drastically less red tape.