Mr. Malcolm Burr, Chief Executive of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has been appointed to the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe.
This is an advisory panel comprising a group of experts set up to advise the Scottish government in the aftermath of the Brexit vote with the aim of protecting Scotland’s interests – legal, financial and diplomatic.
Mr Burr has been appointed particularly because of his expertise in local government and rural communities.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“Scotland voted decisively to remain in Europe, and the Scottish Government is intent on ensuring that democratic vote is respected.
“However, in the meantime and now that Article 50 has been triggered, we must ensure Scotland’s interests and objectives are properly protected and safeguarded. The Standing Council on Europe has already provided advice, expertise and a breadth of knowledge from members who have years of experience of working with the EU. I am certain that Malcolm’s contribution to the council and his expertise on rural and local government issues will further enhance the support the council provides to ministers.”
The Leader of the Comhairle, Angus Campbell, said: “I am very confident that Malcolm’s experience and skills mean he has much to offer the Standing Council. It is particularly welcome that the panel now has Island and local government representation. It is an honour for Malcolm and for the Outer Hebrides that he has been selected to serve together with this distinguished group of experts as they seek to protect Scotland’s interests”.
The group is chaired by Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, and includes voices from across the political spectrum in Scotland.
The Standing Council on Europe is made up of 18 legal, economic and diplomatic specialists.
It was established by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after the UK opted to leave the EU whilst 62% of Scots voted to remain.
The Standing Council will also advise ministers on the best way to secure Scottish interests and objectives during negotiations.