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Scotland's Agenda for EU Reform

Scotland's Agenda for EU Reform

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ISBN: 9781784127701

Scottish Government’s considerations on EU reform and priority areas for EU action. This paper also features an overarching assessment of the impact on Scotland of the Balance of Competences between the EU and the Member States.

Executive Summary

The Scottish Government greatly values Scotland’s position within the EU and is committed to exerting as much influence as possible over the future direction of the EU with the aim of reconnecting the EU with its citizens. Restoring public confidence in the EU institutions and their governance must be a key priority for the incoming European Commission and European Parliament in the months and years ahead, and should inform the strategic work programme of both institutions.

This paper presents the Scottish Government's views on the need for reform, in order for the EU institutions to re-connect with citizens. The Scottish Government considers that restoring public confidence in the EU institutions and governance is key for the incoming European Commission and European Parliament in the months and years ahead, and should inform the strategic work programme of both institutions.

In addition, this paper covers the areas addressed in the fourth and final semester of the UK Government's Balance of Competences between the EU and Member States. The areas covered are; economic and monetary policy, police and criminal justice, information rights, education, vocational training and youth, EU enlargement, voting, consular and statistics, subsidiarity and proportionality.