Europe

 

Remit

This page contains the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee's work in relation to Europe and the European Union. 

Evidence

The Committee received written submissions from a panel of environmental experts on the environmental implications for Scotland of the UK leaving the EU ahead of its evidence session with the panel, on 14 March 2017.

The Committee received written submissions from a panel of environmental experts on the environmental implications for Scotland of the UK leaving the EU ahead of its evidence session with the panels, on 23 January 2018. 

Additional Information

On 15 July 2016, the European and External Relations Committee wrote to the Committee outlining its future work programme following the result of the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union and the Scottish Parliament's European Strategy.  On 22 September 2016, the Committee responded.

On 22 September 2016 the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform regarding the implications for Scotland of the result of the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.  

On 17 October 2016 the Committee received a letter from the Northern Irish Assembly for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on research they have commissioned on the potential impact of Brexit. On the 25 October the Committee Convener sent a response:

On 22 November 2016, the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee wrote to the Committee's EU reporter, David Stewart MSP, providing an update on its work on the implications of the UK's withdrawal from the EU for Scotland.

On 22 November 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform wrote to the Committee providing an update on the Scottish Government's work on the implications for Scotland of the result of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

On 9 December 2016, the Committee received correspondence from the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee Convener on EU Engagement and scrutiny.

On 7 February 2017, the Convener wrote to the Convener of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee on EU Engagement and scrutiny in response to the letter the Committee received on 9 December 2016.

On 29 March 2017 the Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform seeking clarification on the environmental implications for Scotland of the UK leaving the EU, following its evidence session with a panel of environmental experts on 14 March 2017.

On 18 April 2017, the Convener wrote to the Committee's House of Common and House of Lords counterparts to invite them to discuss issues of mutual interest and the potential for joint working on the environmental implications for Scotland of the UK leaving the EU.

On 19 April, the Committee received correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, on a meeting between DEFRA and representatives of the Devolved Administrations.

On 21 April 2017, the Committee received correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, providing an update on the outcomes on a meeting between DEFRA and representatives of the Devolved Administrations.

On 21 April 2017, the Committee received correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, on the environmental implications for Scotland of the UK leaving the EU in response to the letter the Committee sent on 29 March 2017. 

On 27 April 2017, the Committee received a letter from Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, providing an update on the key point raised at a recent meeting between DEFRA and representatives of the Devolved Administrations.

On 14 June 2017, the Convener wrote to the newly appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, inviting him to a future Committee meeting.

Following the UK General Election in June 2017, the Committee wrote to its newly established counterpart committees in Westminster to highlight its work on issues relating to exiting the European Union and propose collaboration:

Letter sent to Mike Hedges, Chair, Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, National Assembly for Wales inviting him to meet with the Committee to discuss the implication of leaving the European Union. 

Letter received from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity updating the Committee on the key points from the Defra and Devolved Administrations Ministerial meeting held on 6 November 2017.

Letter from Graeme Dey MSP, Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee to Joan McAlpine MSP regarding the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee's letter dated 21 December on EU Engagement and Scrutiny of the Committees of the Scottish Parliament.   

Letter from Graeme Dey MSP, Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee to Bruce Crawford MSP regarding the letter dated 11 January 2018 on Finance and Constitution Committee Interim Report on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill’s Legislative Consent Memorandum, 17 January 2018 (306KB pdf)  

On 31 January 2018 the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform regarding the Environmental Implications for Scotland of the UK exiting the EU following its evidence session on the same topic on 23 January 2018. 

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform regarding the Environmental Implications for Scotland of the UK exiting the EU in response to the letter the Committee sent on 31 January 2018.

On 22 February,  the Conveners of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee wrote to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, inviting him to a future Committee meeting.

On 12 March, the Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee wrote to the following counterpart committees in Westminster regarding the ECCLR Committee's most recent work on the UK's decision to leave the European Union and its implications for Scotland. 

  • Letter sent 12 March 2018 (156KB pdf) to:
  • Chair, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, House of Commons
  • Chair, EU Select Committee, House of Lords
  • Chair, EU Internal Market Committee, House of Lords
  • Chair, EU Energy and Environment Sub Committee, House of Lords
  • Chair, Environmental Audit Committee, House of Commons
  • Chair, Scottish Affairs Committee, House of Commons
  • Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, House of Commons, Chair, Exiting the European Union Committee, House of Commons
  • Chair, International Trade Committee, House of Commons, Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, House of Commons
  • Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, House of Commons
  • Chair, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, House of Commons
  • Letter sent to Mike Hedges, Chair, Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, National Assembly for Wales, 12 March 2018 (156KB pdf).

On 13 March 2018, the Committee wrote to the Finance and Constitution Committee on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Government's Trade Bill.

Letter received 15 March 2018 from Pete Wishart MP, Chair, Scottish Affairs Committee regarding the Committee's most recent work on the UK's decision to leave the European Union and its implications for Scotland. 

On 23 April 2018, the Committee received correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity on recent devolved ministerial meetings with DEFRA.

On 30 April 2018, the Committee received an update from the National Assembly for Wales Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee on its work on Brexit related issues

On 21 June 2018 the Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform following the Committee's evidence session on 5 June 2018 with the Roundtable on Environment and Climate Change on their report on environmental governance in Scotland after EU withdrawal.

On 5 September 2018, the Committee received a response to this letter:

On 29 June 2018, the Committee received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity on DEFRA and Devolved Administration meetings

On 3 July 2018, the Committee wrote to the Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs following his evidence to the Committee on 27 June 2018

EU Environment Council Updates

On 8 July 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform wrote to the Committee informing it of the discussions which had taken place at the EU Environment Council on 20 June 2016.  The topics covered included reform of the Emission Trading Scheme and the ratification of the Paris agreement.

On 18 October 2016, the Committee received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform providing the Committee with an update on the EU Environment Council meeting held in Brussels on 30 September 2016.

On 15 March 2017, the Convener received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform providing an update on the outcomes of the EU Environment Council meeting she attended in Brussels on 28 February 2017.

 
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