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.
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Eleanor McKeegan


Innovation, Enterprise, Social, Energy, Environment, Regional


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.