The Replacement of European Structural Funds in Scotland

In January, the RSE jointly hosted two thematic roundtable discussions on skills and innovation as a contribution to the Scottish Government consultation on The Replacement of European Structural Funds Post EU-Exit. 

The main points from both discussions are included in the report. This report has not been endorsed by the meeting participants; and unless specified, it does not necessarily reflect the views of the RSE.

Paper Summary

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy, was pleased to have the opportunity to host two thematic roundtables in January 2020 on skills and innovation as a contribution to the Scottish Government’s consultation on The Replacement of European Structural Funds in Scotland Post EU-Exit.

The roundtables build on our response to the Scottish Parliament Finance and Constitution Committee on Structural Funds2 and our shared interests with the Learned Society of Wales and the Royal Irish Academy.

The RSE roundtables brought together representatives from the Scottish Government, skills and enterprise bodies, universities and colleges, business and industry, knowledge exchange organisations, among others to discuss how successor UK funding to European Structural Funds could be developed and used to support innovation and skills’ developments in Scotland. The discussion, chaired by Professor David Bell FRSE, RSE Vice-President and Chair of the steering group overseeing the Scottish Government consultation, was held under the Chatham House Rule. The roundtable discussions represent the RSE’s contribution to the consultation.

The discussions are summarised below along with the key points identified. This report has not been endorsed by the meeting participants; and unless specified, it does not necessarily reflect the views of the RSE. The RSE looks forward to working with both the UK Government and the Scottish Government as the plans are developed for the replacement funding.