European, International and Parliamentary Relations
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What goes on at European level may seem remote but in fact many European Union policies have a direct impact on the Council, local businesses and city life. A large part of the UK and Scottish legal framework governing the operation of Council services has its origin in EU legislation.
The Council makes use of its international contacts and membership of European networks and organisations - such as Eurocities and Scotland Europa - to gain early intelligence on relevant proposals for EU policies, legislation, and funding programmes. Participation in these networks also offers opportunities for joint lobbying with other cities on matters of shared concern and for practical exchange of knowledge and best practice experiences with counterparts elsewhere in Europe.
In addition the Council collaborates with colleagues and partner organisations to maximise the uptake of EU and other international funds. EU grants secured by the Council from a wide range of funding programmes have supported many projects. These have delivered vital training and employment services in the city, as well as researching and testing out new approaches and helping to improve local services.
For information on the Council's European activities contact the External Relations Unit.