This document is also available in pdf format (456k)
Supported by Scotland's MEPs
Best of Scotland Week
Scotland is playing a full part in the UK Presidency. In recognition of this the seven Scottish MEPs, the Scottish Executive and Scotland Europa are proud to bring you the "Best of Scotland" - a week of events that will showcase the best of Scottish business, industry, art, science, culture, food and drink. The week will run from 24 November to 1 December, with the Taste of Scotland Gala Reception on St Andrew's Day, the day of our patron saint.
Throughout the week we will be exploring, discussing and debating a wide range of issues including better regulation, rural and urban development, the Scottish justice system and research and development.
The "Hooked on Scottish Film" series gives you the opportunity to see Scottish films for free during Best of Scotland week. These films range from Film Noir, to quirky romance, to thriller, and star actors such as Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton and Peter Mullan.
We will be showcasing at the European Parliament the work of one of Scotland's most influential artists, John Bellany CBERA, throughout the Best of Scotland week. We are also delighted to have Alexander McCall Smith, the Scottish author of bestselling 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series, to deliver the year's St Andrew's Lecture.
And what would a celebration of Scotland be without the flavour of Scottish food and drink! We will be providing the very best of food and drink sourced from Scotland at our receptions in the European Parliament.
Finally, a big thank you to all our sponsors for their kind contributions and support.
All events are by invitation. Please use the contact details below to express an interest in an event.
People, Places, Prosperity - How can we make our cities work better?
This event will present the results of a seminar of the same name to be held on 26 October.
The seminar brings together leading individuals to discuss new perspectives and ways forward
to create sustainable urban communities which will support and drive greater European
development. Held in cooperation with ERRIN, British Council and RICS.
An evening of live music, Scottish canapés and drinks to launch the Best of Scotland week.
Hosted by Catherine Stihler, MEP, with guests Trish Godman MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, and Commissioner Charlie McCreevy. The event is sponsored by Diageo plc.
St Andrew's Lecture
Delivered by Alexander McCall Smith, Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh
and author of the bestselling 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series. This event will also launch
the Scottish Writers' series in Brussels.
He also read from his works including Expresson Tales
"Our tiny planet, viewed from afar, is a place of swirling clouds
And dimmish blue; Scotland, though lodged large in all our hearts
Is visible at that distance, not much perhaps
But to us it is our all, our place, the opposite of nowhere
Nowhere can be seen by looking up
And realising with shock , that we really are very small"
Exhibition of Scottish Artist John Bellany CBERA
An exhibition of one of Scotland's most influential artists followed by a drinks reception
and canapés. Hosted by David Martin MEP and Struan Stevenson MEP, with special guest
Commissioner Peter Mandelson. The event is sponsored by HBOS plc and the Open Eye Gallery
Presentation on the Scottish Legal System
A seminar designed to give an introduction to the separate Scottish justice system to policy
makers based in Brussels. The seminar will include presentations on both the civil and criminal
law in Scotland and on the Scottish police forces and Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency.
The seminar will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Scottish Law Society.
Delivering Rural Development in the EU: Scottish and other European Models
A seminar chaired by Elspeth Attwooll MEP on the comparative models of rural development
from European regions with keynote speakers Ross Finnie MSP, Scottish Minister for Environment
and Rural Affairs, and Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel.
St Andrew's Night "Taste of Scotland" Gala Event
An evening celebration where you can taste the very best of Scottish food and drink hosted
by Struan Stevenson MEP and Ross Finnie MSP, Scottish Minister for Environment and Rural
Affairs,with special guest Commissioner Joe Borg and thanks to the kind sponsorship of the
Scottish Executive, Royal Mail, Scottish and Newcastle and Pernod Ricard.
Better Regulation Sub Rosa
High level discussion on increased transparency and clarity in EU Regulations. Limited to 40
invited participants. The outcome of these meetings is published on the following page: www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/International-Relations/15181/18474
Collaborate to Compete: Technology Collaboration in Scotland and Europe
Scottish Enterprise, the main economic development agency for Scotland, manages a number
of successful initiatives that enhance academic-industrial collaboration. The experience of
participants in such programmes in Scotland and elsewhere will be presented at this seminar.
The European dimension of technology collaboration will also be discussed in the context of the European Commission proposals for university-driven research and FP7.
RUNNING THE WHOLE WEEK…
14 - 30 Nov
HOOKED ON SCOTTISH FILM at the Musée du Cinéma
28 Nov - 2 Dec
JOHN BELLANY EXHIBITION at the European Parliament
Scottish Screen - Hooked on Scottish Film
Foighidinn (The Crimson Snowdrop)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Drama - 116mins
A liberated young schoolteacher at an Edinburgh girls' school in the period between the two wars, instructs her girls on the ways of life. Ignoring the more mundane subjects, she teaches them of love, politics and art. Her affairs with two male teachers become known and she finds herself fighting to keep her job. She believes that she can always count on the 100% support of her favourite pupils, but one of them does not feel that Miss Jean Brodie is in her "prime" any more. No longer swayed by her teacher's eloquence, she begins to learn about life and love herself.
Ae Fond Kiss
Romance/Drama - 100mins
Arranged marriage in a Muslim family in Glasgow, and the problems which arise from the differing opinions of two generations. How a break from tradition to find true love throws everything into chaos.
Comedy/Romance - 91mins
Acclaimed comedy, Gregory and his friends are starting to discover the mysteries of girls.
Romance/Comedy - 111mins
A Scottish classic! A remote part of Scotland is the setting for a new American oil refinery.
Tumshie McFadgen's Bid for Ultimate Bliss
Romance/Thriller - 93mins
1950's Glasgow - starring Ewan McGregor. The discovery of a dead body throws up a police investigation, some twists and a passionate affair.
Can't Stop Breathing
Drama/Thriller - 93mins
Three young people looking for a flatmate - after rather unorthodox interviews they agree on someone - but this turns into a nightmare for the 3 flatmates - to say more would ruin it!