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International connections

Because of Covid-19, public engagement is currently suspended. 

This means:

  • the Parliament building is closed to the public
  • all International Relations Office supported visits are postponed


International activity

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

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


Virtual meetings in 2021

8 October 2021

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

Issues discussed:

  • Practices, policies and procedures of both parliaments
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with François Paradis MNA

30 September 2021

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

Issued discussed

  • Practices, policies and procedures of both parliaments
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with Rt Hon Trevor Mallard

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

13 September 2021

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

Issued discussed

  • Practices, policies and procedures of both parliaments
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with Dr Gabrielle Andretta MdL

7 September 2021

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

Issues discussed

  • Interparliamentary relations
  • Topical issues in Scotland and Bavaria

Read tweet about meeting with Ilse Aigner MdL

16 June 2021

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

Issues discussed

  • Work of the Scottish Parliament
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with Jane McCulloch


Inward visits

7 October 2021

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

Issued discussed

  • Topical issues in Scotland and the EU
  • Work of the Scottish Parliament

Read tweet about meeting with João Vale de Almeida

6 October 2021

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

Issued discussed

  • Interparliamentary relations (Federal and Lander)
  • Topical issues in Scotland and Germany

Read tweet about meeting with Dr Andreas Zimmer

29 September 2021

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

Issued discussed

  • Topical issues in Scotland and Moldova
  • Work of the Scottish Parliament
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with H.E. Angela Ponomariov

28 September 2021

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

Issued discussed

  • Interparliamentary relations
  • Work of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA)

Read tweet about meeting with Jane McCulloch

23 September 2021

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

Issued discussed

  • Topical issues in Scotland and Spain
  • Work of the Scottish Parliament
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with H.E. Mr José Pascual Marco

16 September 2021

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

Issued discussed

  • Topical issues in Scotland and Georgia
  • Work of the Scottish Parliament
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with H.E. Sophie Katsarava MBE