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EU accession discussion with Spain and Cyprus

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

what discussions has the Scottish Government had with representatives of any of the governments of Spain and/or Cyprus in relation to conditions for accession by an independent Scotland to the EU?

have these discussions, if any has taken place, involved mention of the status of Gibraltar or the British sovereign bases in Cyprus?

Yours faithfully,

Martin Keegan

Scottish Government

Dear Mr Keegan

 

Thank you for your request dated 14 December under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for information regarding
discussions between Scottish Government and representatives/governments of
Spain and/or Cyprus on conditions for accession by an independent
Scotland. My apologies for the delay in acknowledging your email. 

 

We received your request on 14 December and will respond in accordance
with FOISA by 17 January

 

If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number
FoI/13/00045

 

Kind Regards

Peter Larsson

 

Peter Larsson | EU Fast Stream Policy Officer | UK and Europe Division |
Scottish Government | 3-D South Victoria Quay | Edinburgh | EH6 6QQ

Email [email address].uk  Tel +44(0) 131 244 5405

 

 

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Scottish Government

Dear Mr Keegan

 

I refer to my email of 15 January 2013 about your request under the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for information
regarding discussions between Scottish Government and
representatives/governments of Spain and/or Cyprus on conditions for
accession by an independent Scotland.

 

Under section 10(1) of FOISA, our response to your request is due today,
17 January 2013  Unfortunately, it is taking longer than expected to deal
with your request due to the amount of correspondence we are currently
handling. I apologise for this delay and hope to be able to send you a
response within the few weeks.

 

Kind Regards

Peter Larsson

 

Peter Larsson | EU Fast Stream Policy Officer | UK and Europe Division |
Scottish Government | 3-D South Victoria Quay | Edinburgh | EH6 6QQ

Email [1][email address].uk  Tel +44(0) 131 244 5405

 

 

From: Larsson P (Peter)
Sent: 15 January 2013 15:22
To: '[FOI #142327 email]'
Subject: RE: FOI - SEA - EU accession discussion with Spain and Cyprus -
Martin Keegan

 

Dear Mr Keegan

 

Thank you for your request dated 14 December under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for information regarding
discussions between Scottish Government and representatives/governments of
Spain and/or Cyprus on conditions for accession by an independent
Scotland. My apologies for the delay in acknowledging your email. 

 

We received your request on 14 December and will respond in accordance
with FOISA by 17 January

 

If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number
FoI/13/00045

 

Kind Regards

Peter Larsson

 

Peter Larsson | EU Fast Stream Policy Officer | UK and Europe Division |
Scottish Government | 3-D South Victoria Quay | Edinburgh | EH6 6QQ

Email [2][email address].uk  Tel +44(0) 131 244 5405

 

 

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Dear Mr Larsson,

I wasn't aware there was a large volume of FOIA requests at the moment; I've analysed the Scotland-related requests in TheyWorkForYou.com and there doesn't seem to be a spike at least in the subset of requests which pass through that site.

I'm also aware the Scottish Government apparently has been caught out for spending taxpayers' money fighting a court action implying that it had legal advice on Scotland's EU membership post-independence when this advice turned out not to exist; it might therefore be wise to treat Scottish Government claims about whether it has or has not got easy access to such and such a piece of information with a degree of caution.

Please respond to my Freedom of Information request within the law, or, if you decide to delay beyond the legal time limit, please at least respond as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Keegan

Scottish Government

Dear Mr Keegan
 
Thank you for your request dated 14 December 2012  under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) as set out below:
 
- What discussions the Scottish Government had had with representatives of
either of the governments of Spain or Cyprus in relation to conditions for
accession by an independent Scotland to the EU?
- Have these discussions, if any have taken place, involved mention of the
status of Gibraltar or the British sovereign bases in Cyprus?
 
Allow me again to apologise for the delay in responding to your query
 
Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established
that the information you require is not held by the Scottish Government as
no such discussions have been conducted by Scottish Government.
 
As you are aware Scotland is currently part of the territory of the
European Union and the people of Scotland are citizens of the EU. The
Scottish Government is clear that we will continue to be members of the EU
after a vote for independence.
 
I am sorry we are unable to assist with your enquiry.  If you are unhappy
with this response to your request, you may ask us to carry out an
internal review, by writing to Ken Thomson, St Andrews House, Regent Road,
Edinburgh, EH1 3DG, e.mail [email address]. Your request should
explain why you wish a review to be carried out, and should be made within
40 working days of receipt of this letter, and we will reply within 20
working days of receipt.  If you are not satisfied with the result of the
review, you then have the right to make a formal complaint to the Scottish
Information Commissioner.
 
Kind Regards
Peter Larsson
 
Peter Larsson | EU Policy Officer | UK and Europe Division | Scottish
Government | 3-D South Victoria Quay | Edinburgh | EH6 6QQ
Email [1][email address].uk  Tel +44(0) 131 244 5405
 
 
 

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