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Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee


The Crisis in Ukraine

Background

The Committee has agreed to focus on the unfolding crisis in Ukraine and, in particular, the humanitarian response to events, particularly how the Scottish Government and others in Scotland – e.g. aid agencies/NGOs, the third sector and civic society – can respond.

The Committee began this work with a private briefing from the Consul General of Ukraine in Scotland who highlighted the following website:

https://prykhystok.in.ua/

The Deputy Convener reiterated the remarks of the Convener at our meeting on 24th February in expressing our solidarity with the people of Ukraine. 


Written evidence

The Committee received written submissions from the following organisations:


Oral evidence

16 June 2022

The Committee took evidence from:

Panel 1

Yevhen Mankovskyi, Consul General, Ukrainian Consulate in Edinburgh

Panel 2

Neil Gray, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development and Minister with special responsibility for Refugees from Ukraine, Scottish Government

Will Tyler-Greig, Interim Deputy Director, Ukraine Resettlement, Scottish Government

Joanna Keating, Head of International Development, Scottish Government

Committee papers

Papers for the meeting on 16 June 2022

Late papers and written submissions:

24 March 2022

The Committee took evidence from:

Panel 1

Graham O'Neill, Policy Manager, Scottish Refugee Council

Andy Sirel, Legal Director & Partner, JustRight Scotland

Marie Hayes, Scotland Director, British Red Cross

Panel 2

Neil Gray, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development and Minister with special responsibility for Refugees from Ukraine

Alison Byrne, Director for Equality, Inclusion & Human Rights (Interim), Scottish Government

John Primrose, Deputy Director of International Relations, Scottish Government

Committee papers

Papers for the meeting on 24 March 2022

Official Report (substantially verbatim transcript)

Official Report of the meeting on 24 March 2022

10 March 2022

The Committee took evidence from:

Panel 1

Jane Salmonson, Chair, Humanitarian Emergency Fund, Disasters Emergency Committee

Sue Inglish
, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Disasters Emergency Committee

Madara Hettiarachchi
, Director of Programmes and Accountability, Disasters Emergency Committee

Panel 2

Angus Robertson, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, Scottish Government

Alison Byrne, Director for Equality, Inclusion & Human Rights (Interim) , Scottish Government

Joanna Keating, Head of International Development, Scottish Government

Committee papers

Papers for the meeting on 10 March 2022

Official Report (substantially verbatim transcript)

Official Report of the meeting on 10 March 2022

21 April 2022 

The committee took evidence from: 

Pat Togher, Assistant Chief Officer, Public Protection and Complex Needs, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Elaine Ritchie, Senior Service Manager, Perth & Kinross Council

Hazel Chisholm, Housing Policy Officer, Highland Council

Gayle Findlay, Policy Manager, COSLA

Committee Papers 

Papers for the meeting on 21 April 2022

Official Report (substantially verbatim transcript)

Official report of the meeting on 21 April 2022 


Correspondence

Minister of CEID response to Committee on Ukraine

Letter from the Minister for Culture Europe and International Development and special responsibility for refugees from Ukraine to the Convener on Ukraine, 30 June 2022

Home Secretary response to Convener on Ukrainian Seasonal Workers

Home Secretary's response to the Convener on Ukrainian Seasonal Workers, 28 April 2022

Convener to Home Secretary on Ukrainian seasonal workers in Scotland

Letter from Convener to Secretary of State for the Home Department on Ukrainian seasonal workers in Scotland, 1 April 2022

Scottish Government Ukraine Humanitarian Funding

Letter from Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development and Minister with special responsibility for Refugees from Ukraine, to the Convener, 21 March 2022

DEC Scotland Ukraine Briefing Pack for CEEAC Members

Briefing pack from the Disasters Emergency Committee to the CEEAC Members for the meeting on 10 March 2022, received 9 March 2022

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