EU and International Affairs

SB 17-21 Implications of Leaving the EU- Fisheries

22 March 2017
This briefing examines Scottish sea fisheries in the light of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Statistics are provided on the sea fishing sector and catches in the Scottish Exclusive Economic Zone.

SB 17-14 Scotland’s Exports

2 March 2017
This briefing analyses the Export Statistics Scotland 2015 release from the Scottish Government, providing a breakdown of exports by sector and location.

SB 17-12 Agriculture and Brexit in Ten Charts

23 February 2017
This briefing explores 10 issues related to agriculture and Brexit.

SB 16-102 Implications for Leaving the EU - Forestry

14 December 2016
This briefing summarises the ways that EU membership affects Scottish forestry. It also looks at the implications of alternatives to EU membership.

SB 16-97 Implications of Leaving the EU – Environment

5 December 2016
This briefing highlights the EU framework that relates to environment policy and explores the implications that leaving the EU may have on Scotland’s approaches to the environment.

SB 16-91 Brexit: Energy Policy

16 November 2016
This briefing sets out the EU energy policy framework and explores the implications that Brexit may have on Scotland and the UK’s approaches to energy policy.

SB 16-89 European Union Funding in Scotland 2014-2020

7 November 2016
This briefing, requested by the European and External Relations Committee provides details of the European funding for Scotland during the 2014-2020 programming period.

SB 16-86 EU nationals living in Scotland

03 November 2016
This briefing analyses the characteristics of EU nationals living in Scotland, based on the 2015 Annual Population Survey. The briefing also reviews evidence relating to the economic contribution of migrants.

SB 16-85 Implications of Leaving the EU – Climate Change

1 November 2016
This briefing highlights the EU framework that relates to climate change policy and explores the implications that leaving the EU may have on Scotland’s approaches to tackling climate change.

SB 16-83 Brexit: Impact on the Justice System in Scotland

27 October 2016
This briefing outlines developments in the EU’s civil and criminal justice policies.

SB 16-82 Brexit: the impact on equalities and human rights

26 October 2016
This briefing considers the impact Brexit will have on equalities and human rights. The focus is on legislation which has a basis in EU law, the protections currently offered, and what this could mean in the future.

SB 16-79 Brexit: Higher Education in Scotland

13 October 2016
This briefing offers information and reflection on the implications for higher education institutions in Scotland of the recent EU referendum and the resulting vote to leave the European Union.

SB 16-78 Options for the United Kingdom's future trading relationship with the European Union

12 October 2016
This briefing for the European and External Relations Committee outlines the options for the UK’s trading relationship with the EU after Brexit.

SB 16-77 The Economic Implications of Brexit

6 October 2016
The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) were commissioned to undertake economic modelling work to explore the long-term implications of Brexit for Scotland.

SB 16-60 Following the EU Referendum- Frequently Asked Questions

30 June 2016
This paper provides answers to some of the key questions that have arisen following the outcome of the EU referendum on 23 June 2016.

SB 16-58i European Union Referendum: results

24 June 2016
On 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted in the EU referendum.

SB 16-40 The European Union – The Budget

20 May 2016
This subject profile provides details of the way in which the European Union budget is agreed and then how it is collected.

SB 16-39 The European Union – The Legislative Process

20 May 2016
This subject profile provides a brief introduction to the European Union’s legislative process. It looks at the different forms of legislation available to the EU and the way in which that legislation is agreed.

SB 16-38 The European Union- The Institutions

20 May 2016
This subject profile provides information on the five institutions of the European Union. The institutions manage the way in which the EU functions and the way in which decisions are made.

SB 16-37 The European Union- A Brief History

20 May 2016
This subject profile provides a brief history of the European Union from its development after the Second World War through to the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon.

SB 15-71 The impact of EU membership in Scotland

30 October 2015
This briefing has been written to support the European and External Relations Committee’s inquiry into “EU reform and the EU referendum: implications for Scotland”.

SB 15-59 The European Convention on Human Rights in the United Kingdom

25 September 2015
This briefing provides information on the European Convention on Human Rights and the role of the European Court of Human Rights in enforcing the Convention.

SB 14-88 Fiscal devolution: some comparative examples

1 December 2014
This briefing provides an overview of fiscal devolution in the following countries: Belgium, Australia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Canada.

SB 14-80 The European Convention on Human Rights in the United Kingdom

7 November 2014
This briefing provides information on the European Convention on Human Rights and the role of the European Court of Human Rights in enforcing the Convention

SB 14-76 Proposals to the Smith Commission on Further Powers in EU and International Affairs

30 October 2014
This briefing provides analysis of the various proposals on the subject of European and international affairs submitted to the Smith Commission considering further powers for the Scottish Parliament.

SB 14-62 European Commission and European Parliament 2014-2019

25 September 2014
This short briefing for MSPs provides details of the composition of the new European Parliament following the European Parliamentary elections and the new European Commission.

SB 14-61 The European Union Multiannual Financial Framework and European Funding Programmes 2014-2020

25 September 2014
This short briefing provides a summary of the European Union’s multi-annual financial framework for the 2014-2020 financial period

SB 14-38 European Parliament Election 2014

30 May 2014
This briefing provides details of the European Parliament Election held in Scotland on 22 May 2014.

SB 13-82 Europe 2020 and the European Semester

11 December 2013
This briefing sets out the background to the European Union’s Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs. It also describes the European Semester, a yearly cycle of economic policy coordination.

SB 12-66 Scottish Government Draft Budget 2013-14: Europe and External Affairs

26 October 2012
This short SPICe Briefing note provides information on the Europe and External Affairs element of the Scottish Government’s 2013-14 Draft Budget.

SB 11-82 CAP Reform – Legislative Proposals

18 November 2011
This briefing describes the European Commission’s proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013. It updates SB11-06 CAP Reform: Proposals for 2014-20 to include the legislative proposals for the new CAP.

SB 11-47 The European Union - The Budget briefing

20 June 2011
This subject profile provides details of the way in which the European Union budget is agreed and then how it is collected. This briefing updates and replaces SPICe subject map 07/04.

SB 11-46 The European Union - The Legislative Process briefing

20 June 2011
This subject profile provides a brief introduction to the European Union’s legislative process. It looks at the different forms of legislation available to the EU and the way in which that legislation is agreed at EU level.

SB 11-45 The European Union - The Institutions briefing

20 June 2011
This subject profile provides information on the five institutions of the European Union. The institutions manage the way in which the EU functions and the way in which decisions are made.

SB 11-44 The European Union - A Brief History briefing

20 June 2011
This briefing provides a brief history of the European Union from its development after the Second World War through to the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. This briefing updates and replaces SPICe subject map 07/01.

Impact of International Expenditure briefing

The aim of this briefing is to provide an analysis of the impact of the international spend activities of the Scottish Government and other public sector organisations.

International Expenditure briefing

At its meeting on 23 February 2010 the European and External Relations Committee agreed its outline remit for the international engagement inquiry.

Swedish Presidency of the European Union briefing

This briefing outlines the priorities that the Swedish Government have identified for their Presidency of the European Union which takes places from 1 July until 31 December 2009.

Czech Presidency of the European Union briefing

This briefing outlines the circumstances surrounding the Presidency and highlights the Czech Presidency priorities, and in particular those of most interest to Scotland.

Scottish Government's Plan for Engagement with China briefing

This briefing has been prepared for the European and External Relations Committee and provides background information on Scotland’s relationship with China and a summary of the Scottish Government’s plan for engagement with China.

European Union Budget Review briefing

This briefing examines the issues arising during the EU budget review which is taking place as a result of the agreement of the 2007-2013 Multi-annual Financial Framework.

Treaty of Lisbon and Scots Law briefing

This briefing looks at how the Treaty of Lisbon approaches the ‘area of freedom, security and justice’ and the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the implications of these for Scotland.

Subsidiarity Protocol in the Treaty of Lisbon briefing

This briefing provides an overview of the provisions contained in the Treaty of Lisbon (2007) on the principle of subsidiarity.

EU Justice and Home Affairs Policy briefing

This briefing provides an overview of EU co-operation in the policy area of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) and updates earlier SPICe briefings in 2002 and 2003.

European Union - The Budget briefing

This subject map provides details of the way in which the European Union budget is agreed.

European Union - The Legislative Process briefing

This subject map provides a brief introduction to the European Union's legislative process. It looks at the different forms of legislation available to the EU and the way in which that legislation is agreed at EU level.

European Union - The Institutions briefing

This subject map provides information on the five institutions of the European Union. The institutions manage the way in which decisions are made.

European Union - A Brief History briefing

This subject map provides a brief history of the European Union from its development after the Second World War through to the recent debate about the EU Constitution.

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