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International relations



International activity

Find out about the Scottish Parliament's inward and outward international visits. Follow the international relations office on X (formerly known as Twitter): @SP_IntRelations

Scottish Parliament international activity in Session 5 (2016-2021)


Inward Visits

Details of inward visits can be found in the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) papers linked below. IRO provide the SPCB with updates on their international activity twice a year.

 


Outward Visits

Sunday 18 May – Sunday 25 May 2024

53rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional (BIMR) Conference in St Helena. Attended by Jeremy Balfour MSP, Sarah Boyack MSP and Stuart McMillan MSP.

Sunday 14 April – Tuesday 16 April 2024

66th Plenary Session of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly in County Wicklow, Ireland. Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP, Ross Greer MSP, Emma Harper MSP, Pauline McNeill MSP and Tess White MSP.

Thursday 4 April – Friday 12 April 2024

Presiding Officer visit to USA and Canada for Tartan Week. Attended by the Presiding Officer, Evelyn Tweed MSP, Maurice Golden MSP and Michael Marra MSP. 

Sunday 10 March – Sunday 17 March 2024

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) sponsored Post-Legislative Scrutiny visit in Nepal. Attended by Martin Whitfield MSP. 

Wednesday 6 March – Saturday 9 March 2024

10th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association British Isles and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference in Malta. Attended by Sarah Boyack MSP and Michelle Thomson MSP.

Monday 4 March 2024

BIPA Steering Committee in Cheshire. Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP.

Monday 30 October – Friday 3 November 2023

75th Session of the Nordic Council in Oslo, Norway. Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP, Ben Macpherson MSP, and Beatrice Wishart MSP. 

Sunday 22 October – Tuesday 24 October 2023

65th Plenary Session of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly in County Kildare, Ireland. Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP, Jackie Dunbar MSP, Ross Greer MSP, Emma Harper MSP, and Pauline McNeill MSP.

Wednesday 18 October – Sunday 22 October 2023

Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. Attended by Monica Lennon MSP and Mark Ruskell MSP.

Saturday 30 September – Thursday 5 October 2023

66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Accra, Ghana. Attended by Stuart McMillan MSP and Kaukab Stewart MSP.

Monday 18 September 2023

BIPA Steering Committee in Cardiff, Wales. Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP.

Tuesday 5 September – Wednesday 6 September 2023

International Relations Office officials in London. Meeting with Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK Branch; Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO); European Parliament; and Interparliamentary Relations Office, House of Commons.

Tuesday 22 August – Thursday 24 August 2023

International Relations Office officials in London. Meeting with Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK Branch and HQ; Members’ Services Team, House of Commons; Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CLRAE); and Scottish Government officials.

Sunday 18 June – Friday 23 June 2023

International Relations Office officials in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Oslo, Norway. Meeting with Scottish Government’s Nordic Office, Copenhagen; Danish Parliament (Folketinget); Nordic Council; and Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget).

14 – 16 May 2023

64th British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly Plenary in Jersey. Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP, Emma Harper MSP and Tess White MSP.

25 – 28 April 2023

52nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional (BIMR) Conference in London. Attended by Jeremy Balfour MSP, Sarah Boyack MSP, Gillian Mackay MSP, Stuart McMillan MSP and Michelle Thomson MSP. 

24 April 2023

British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly Steering Committee Meeting in Dublin, Ireland. Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP.

13 – 21 April 2023

Presiding Officer Visit to USA and Canada for Scotland Week. Attended by the Presiding Officer, Collette Stevenson MSP and Finlay Carson MSP.

5 – 6 March 2023

63rd British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly Plenary in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP, Tess White MSP, Pauline McNeill MSP and Ross Greer MSP.

31 October – 3 November 2022

74th Session of the Nordic Council in Helsinki, Finland. Attended by the Presiding Officer, Sue Webber MSP, and Clare Adamson MSP.

23 October – 25 October 2022

62nd British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly Plenary in Cavan, Ireland. Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP, Ross Greer MSP, Emma Harper MSP, Pauline McNeill MSP, and Tess White MSP.

12 October – 16 October 2022

Arctic Circle Assembly and visit to the Icelandic Parliament. Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Liam McArthur MSP, Fiona Hyslop MSP, and Mark Ruskell MSP.

4 October – 7 October 2022

9th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) British Isles and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference in Gibraltar. Attended by Sarah Boyack MSP.

20 August – 26 August 2022

65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Halifax, Canada. Attended by Claire Baker MSP and Stuart McMillan MSP.

30 June – 2 July 2022

Presiding Officer visit to the Lower Saxon State Parliament, Hannover.

7 April 2022

Presiding Officer visit to the Houses of the Oireachtas, Dublin.

24 March – 25 March 2022

51st Commonwealth Parliamentary Association British Islands and Mediterranean Region Conference, Isle of Man. Attended by Jeremy Balfour MSP, Sarah Boyack MSP, Stuart McMillan MSP.

27 February – 28 February 2022

61st British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) Plenary Conference, London: Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP, Tess White MSP, Pauline McNeill MSP and Ross Greer MSP.


Virtual Meetings

Tuesday 20 February 2024

CPA CWP Scotland Branch Group Session ahead of International Women’s Day. Facilitated by Sarah Boyack MSP and Michelle Thomson MSP.