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.
Remit: The European Commission established 12 EU Urban Partnerships in 2016 as part of the EU Urban Agenda. The partnerships focus on a number of Priority Themes for which cities have core competencies, providing a platform for the critical analysis of urban issues in a joint process with EU institutions, Member States, city networks and organisations as well as other major stakeholders. The joint analysis is to produce suggestions for improvement in the fields of legislation, financing, know-how and knowledge exchange. The housing partnership is one of 4 pilots which have started activity ahead of the other topics. Each Partnership starts with a stocktaking phase to explore the most pressing concrete issues to be addressed by the partnership, with the ultimate aim of improving the urban dimension of EU-policy. Once bottlenecks, potentials and areas of action have been identified, the partnerships draft an agreement on an action plan and a roadmap. During the final phase of the partnership, the action plan will be implemented.