The council’s chief executive has been appointed to the Scottish Government’s Standing
Council on Europe.
Malcolm Burr was selected for the advisory panel because of his expertise in local
government and rural communities.
The group of experts was set up to advise the Scottish government in the aftermath
of the Brexit vote with the aim of protecting Scotland’s interests – legal, financial
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.
Comhairle’s chief executive appointed to Euro experts’ panel
10 April 2017
“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
Comhairle leader, 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.”