North Ayrshire Council welcomes European delegation
Posted on 19 Sep 2019
North Ayrshire Council has welcomed a delegation of European visitors to discuss the implications of Brexit on the economy and local communities.
Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), headed by Stefano Mallia, chair of the EESC Brexit follow-up group, visited Cunninghame House to chat with Council Leader Joe Cullinane, Chief Executive Craig Hatton and council officials.
The visit to Irvine was part of a two-day visit to Scotland as guests of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.
The purpose of the trip was to reflect on the ways and means of establishing a structured form of co-operation with the UK after Brexit.
Councillor Cullinane said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Mallia and members of the EESC committee for a very constructive meeting.
“The visit was very timely given the current uncertainties around Brexit and we held a wide-ranging discussion on the economy, migration and current EU funding in North Ayrshire.
“Just this week the latest GDP figures showed that the Scottish economy contracted by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2019. We know, from previous experience, that the North Ayrshire economy is susceptible to economic shocks and that’s why we want to make our local economy more resilient through our Community Wealth Building approach. Given the current uncertainty it’s important to have these sort of discussions so that, whatever happens with Brexit, our relationships with Europe remain strong.”