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International activity

Find out about the Scottish Parliament's inward and outward international visits.

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


Inward visits

26 January 2023

Line Rivard, Agent-General of Québec in London: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

24 January 2023

Andrii Kuslii, Consul of Ukraine: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Consul

19 January 2023

Members of the Speaker’s Conference of the House of Commons: Meeting with the Presiding Officer, Members, and officials.

19 January 2023

Everiss Scholars from Otaki College, New Zealand: Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Liam McArthur MSP.

18 January 2023

H.E. Mikaela Kumlin Granit, Ambassador of Sweden: Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Ambassador of Sweden

18 January 2023

H.E. Hélène Duchêne, Ambassador of France: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Ambassador of France

17 January 2023

João Pedro Corrêa Costa, Consul General of Brazil: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Consul General

17 January 2023

Members of the Environment and Communications Committee, Parliament of Iceland: Meetings with Members.

Read tweet about the visit of the Committee

11-12 January 2023

Officials of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan: Meetings with officials.

15 December 2022

John Smith Centre Parliamentary Interns: Meetings with Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP, Members, and officials.

Read tweet about the meetings with the Parliamentary Interns

1 December 2022

H.E. Miguel Berger, Ambassador of Germany: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Ambassador of Germany

23 November 2022

H.E. Marie Chatardová, Ambassador of the Czech Republic: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Ambassador of the Czech Republic

17 November 2022

H.E. Eitvydas Bajarūnas, Ambassador of Lithuania: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Ambassador of Lithuania

16 November 2022

Members of the Procedure Committee of the House of Commons: Meetings with the Presiding Officer, Members, and officials.

11 November 2022

Officials from the Government of Canada: Meeting with parliamentary officials.

10 November 2022

Students from Duke University: Meeting with parliamentary officials.

10 November 2022

Members of the Committee for Industry and Services of the Romanian Parliament: Meeting with Members.

Read tweet about the visit of the Committee

9 – 10 November 2022

The Hon Anthony Rota MP, Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada: Meetings with the Presiding Officer, Deputy Presiding Officers, and Members.

Read tweet about the Speaker’s visit: Day 1

Read tweet about the Speaker’s visit: Day 2

28 October 2022

Robyn Lambley MLA, Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, Australia: Meeting with CPA Branch Executive Committee Members, Stuart McMillan MSP and Sarah Boyack MSP.

Read tweet about the visit

26 October 2022

Fergus Auld, UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan: Meeting with Sue Webber MSP.

26 October 2022

Veronica Ferrucci, Consul General of Italy: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the Consul General’s visit

25 October 2022

Members of the Housing and Heritage Committee of the Flemish Parliament: Meetings with Members.

Read tweet about the visit of the Committee

10 October 2022

Former Parliamentarians from Iceland: Meeting with Sarah Boyack MSP, Deputy Convener of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries.

Read tweet about the visit of the former Parliamentarians

6 October 2022

Her Excellency, the Hon, Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

29 September 2022

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of the Opposition of Belarus: Meetings with the Presiding Officer and Members.

Read tweet about the visit of the Leader of the Opposition

22 September 2022

Luis García Montero, Director General of the Cervantes Institute: Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Liam McArthur MSP.

7 September 2022

Stephen Twigg, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association: Meetings with the Presiding Officer and Members.

5 September 2022

Janet Schwegel, Director of Parliamentary Programmes at the Legislate Assembly of Alberta: Meeting with parliamentary officials.

25 July 2022

Kim Man Heum, Chief of the National Assembly Research Service of the Republic of Korea: Meeting with parliamentary officials.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Chief of the Research Service of the Republic of Korea

6 July 2022

Hon Adam Searle MLC, Member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales: Meeting with parliamentary officials.

6 July 2022

Fabio Monaco, Consul General of Italy for Scotland and Northern Ireland: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Consul General of Italy for Scotland and Northern Ireland

30 June 2022

Members of the Victoria State Parliament: Meetings with Members.

29 June 2022

Officials from the Embassies of Sweden and Denmark: Meeting with parliamentary officials.

23 June 2022

Hon Nathan Cooper MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta: Meeting with the Presiding Officer, Members and officials.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta

20 June 2022

Interns from the Ontario Legislative Assembly. Meetings with parliamentary officials.

16 June 2022

Max Hiegelsberger, President of the State Parliament of Upper Austria and parliamentary colleagues: Meetings with the Presiding Officer, Deputy Presiding Officer Liam McArthur MSP and Members.

Read tweet about the meeting with the President of the State Parliament of Upper Austria

14 June 2022

Members of the Saxon State Parliament: Meetings with Members.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Members of the Saxon State Parliament

9 June 2022

H.E. Markus Leitner, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Ambassador of Switzerland

1 June 2022

Kira Rudyk, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Member of the Ukrainian Parliament

1 June 2022

Ma Qiang, Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about the meeting with the Consul General in Edinburgh

31 May 2022

Rt Hon. Lord McFall, the Lord Speaker: Meetings with the Presiding Officer, Deputy Presiding Officer Liam McArthur MSP and Members.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Lord Speaker

25 May 2022

H.E. Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador of Poland to the United Kingdom: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

Read tweet about the meeting with the Ambassador of Poland

23 May 2022

Members of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) Committee D (Environment & Social): Committee Meeting.

Read tweet about meeting with the Members of the BIPA Committee

20 May 2022

Officials of the National Assembly and Embassy of the Republic of Korea: Meeting with parliamentary officials.

Read tweet about the visit of the Officials of the National Assembly and Embassy of the Republic of Korea

19 May 2022

Members of the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan: Meeting with Members.

Read tweet about the visit of the Members of the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan

18 May 2022

H.E. Ferenc Kumin, Ambassador of Hungary to the United Kingdom: Meeting with the Presiding Officer.

11 May 2022

Sophia Arvanitis, Agent General of Ontario: Meeting with parliamentary officials

10 May 2022

Members of the Education Committee of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony meeting with Members of the Education, Children and Young People Committee

Read tweet about meeting with the Members

5 May 2022

Hon Masizole Mnqasela, Speaker of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament: Meetings with Presiding Officer, Members and officials

Read tweet about meeting with the Speaker

4 May 2022

Tadashi Fujiwara, Consul General of Japan in Scotland: Meeting with Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Consul General

28 April 2022

Laura Popescu, Ambassador of Romania to the United Kingdom

Read tweet about meeting with the Ambassador

27 April 2022

Bijay Selvaraj, Consul General of India: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Consul General

20 April - 21 April 2022

The Hon Jonathan O’Dea MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Parliament of New South Wales: Meetings with Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Speaker

13 April 2022

Felicity Wilson MP, Member of Parliament of New South Wales: Meeting with Siobhian Brown MSP, Convener of the COVID 19 Recovery Committee

Read tweet about meeting with the Member

31 March 2022

John Smith Centre Parliamentary Interns: Meetings with Deputy Presiding Officer Liam McArthur MSP, Pam Gosal MSP, Bob Doris MSP, Paul O’Kane MSP and officials

Read tweet about meeting with the John Smith Centre Parliamentary Interns

31 March 2022

HE Saida Muna Tasneem, Bangladesh High Commissioner: Meeting with the Presiding Officer 

30 March 2022

Stephan Weil, Minister President of Lower Saxony; Birgit Honé, Minister for European and Federal Affairs and Regional State Development; Dr Gabriele Andretta, President of the State Parliament and Members of the State Parliament: Meeting with the Presiding Officer and Members

Read tweet about meeting with the Ministers and President

24 March 2022

Jim Himes and Sean Patrick Maloney, Members of the US House of Representatives: Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP

Read tweet about meeting with Members of the US House of Representatives

23 March - 25 March 2022

Liesbeth Homans, Speaker of the Flemish Parliament: Meetings with the Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP

Read tweet about meeting with the Speaker of the Flemish Parliament

17 March 2022

Peter Müller-McDougall, Dean of the Consular Corps in Scotland, and Honorary Swiss Consul General: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Dean of the Consular Corps and Consul General

10 March 2022

Yevhen Mankovskyi, (Acting) Consul General of Ukraine: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Acting Consul General

9 March 2022

Laurence Païs, Consul General of France to Edinburgh: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Consul General

24 February 2022

Wegger Christian Strømmen, Ambassador of Norway: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Ambassador

25 November 2021

HE Mohammad Sarwar, Governor of Punjab: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Governor

18 November 2021

Jack Hillmeyer, Consul General of the United States: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Consul General

10 November 2021

Annette Lind MP, Vice President of the Nordic Council and Kristina Háfoss, Secretary General of the Nordic Council: Meeting with the Presiding Officer at joint COP26 event

Read tweet about the Nordic Council / Scottish Parliament COP26 event

10 November 2021

Members of the California State Senate: Meeting with members of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Read tweet about meeting with the Senate Members

9 November 2021

Thekla Walker MP, Baden-Württemberg Minister of the Environment, Climate and Energy: Meeting with members of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Read tweet about meeting with the Minister

5 November 2021

Stephen Twigg, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA): Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Secretary-General

5 November 2021

Senator Rosa Galvez, Canadian Federal Parliament: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Senator

5 November 2021

Benoit Charette MNA, Quebec Minister of the Environment: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Minister

5 November 2021

Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker of the Maldives Parliament: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Speaker

5 November 2021

Samuelu Teo, Speaker of the Tuvalu Parliament: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Speaker

2 November 2021

The Hon Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Prime Minister

28 October 2021

Dr Gabriele Andretta, President of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony : Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the President

7 October 2021

João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union in the UK: Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Liam McArthur MSP

Read tweet about meeting with the Ambassador

6 October 2021

Dr Andreas Zimmer, Consul General of Germany: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Consul General

29 September 2021

H.E. Angela Ponomariov, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova: Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP

Read tweet about meeting with the Ambassador

28 September 2021

Jane McCulloch, Consul General of Ireland: Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP

Read tweet about meeting with the Consul General

23 September 2021

H.E. Mr José Pascual Marco, Ambassador of Spain: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Ambassador

16 September 2021

H.E. Sophie Katsarava MBE, Ambassador of Georgia: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Ambassador


Outward Visits

31 October – 3 November

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

Read tweet about the visit: Day 1

Read tweet about the visit: Day 2

Read tweet about the visit: Meeting with Stortinget President

Read tweet about the visit: Plenary Sessions

Read tweet about the visit: Meeting with Eduskunta Speaker

Read tweet about the visit: Final Session of Day 2

Read tweet about the visit: Day 3

Read tweet about the visit: Thank you and Election to Nordic Council Presidency

23 October – 25 October

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

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

Read tweets about the visit: Visit to the Althing

Read tweets about the visit: Day 1

Read tweets about the visit: West Nordic Council meeting

Read tweets about the visit: Iceland Minister of Infrastructure

Read tweets about the visit: Former President of Iceland and Chairman of Arctic Circle Assembly

Read tweets about the visit: Faroe Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Culture

Read tweets about the visit: Iceland Minister of the Environment

Read tweets about the visit: Iceland Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate

4 October – 7 October

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

Read tweet about the visit

20 August – 26 August 2022

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

Read tweet about the conference: General Assembly

Read tweet about the conference: Climate Workshop

Read tweet about the conference: Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Workshop

Read tweet about the conference: Day 1

 

30 June – 2 July 2022

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

Read tweet about the visit to the State Parliament

Read tweet about the visit to the City Hall of Hannover

9 April – 10 April 2022

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive Committee Conference Assam, India. Attended by Stuart McMillan MSP

7 April 2022

Presiding Officer visit to the Houses of the Oireachtas, Dublin

Read tweet about visit to the Houses of the Oireachtas

Read tweet about Museum of Literature Ireland event

Read tweet about meeting with Senator Mark Daly

 

 

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

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Read tweet about the conference

 

 

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

Read tweet about BIPA Plenary


Virtual meetings

24 November 2022

British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) Steering Committee: Attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP

25 March 2022

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, British Islands and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Steering Committee meeting: Attended by Sarah Boyack MSP and Elena Whitham MSP

Read tweet about meeting with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Steering Committee

21 March 2022

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities meeting: Attended by Jeremy Balfour MSP

23 November 2021

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities meeting: Attended by Jeremy Balfour MSP

18 November 2021

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, British Islands and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Steering Committee meeting: Attended by Sarah Boyack MSP and Elena Whitham MSP

Read tweet about meeting

8 October 2021

François Paradis MNA, President, National Assembly of Quebec: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the President

30 September 2021

Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the Speaker

27 September 2021

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, International Executive Committee meeting: Attended by Stuart McMillan MSP

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21-22 September 2021

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), British Islands and Mediterranean Region Annual Conference, Belfast: Attended by Sarah Boyack MSP and Stuart McMillan MSP

Read tweet about CPA annual conference

14 September 2021

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Scotland Branch AGM: Chaired by the Presiding Officer (as Branch President)

Read tweet about AGM

13 September 2021

Dr Gabrielle Andretta MdL, President of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Read tweet about meeting with the President

7 September 2021

Ilse Aigner MdL, President of the State Parliament of Bavaria: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

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16 June 2021

Jane McCulloch, Consul General of Ireland: Meeting with the Presiding Officer 

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