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15/01/14 14:31

Media briefing - Wednesday 15 January 2014

Media briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) – Wednesday 15 January 2014

The FMOS welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day’s key events.
FMOS advised that later today the Deputy First Minister (DFM), Nicola Sturgeon, will deliver a speech at the David Hume Institute and Young Academy on the benefits which could accrue to Scotland as an independent member of the European Union (EU). The DFM will focus on an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU and set out the choice for Scotland between representing ourselves in Europe and continuing to be represented by Westminster.

The FMOS said that by way of illustration, the DFM will highlight figures which show the benefits Scotland would have had if we had been an independent member state through an extra £850 million in Common Agricultural Policy funding – which is estimated to support an additional 2,500 jobs and increase the economic output by £1 billion pounds accumulated over the period 2014 to 2020.

Also today, the FMOS highlighted the flood summit between the Scottish Government, SEPA and local authorities. She advised that SEPA would today publish updated data on flood hazards and risks across Scotland in the form of new ‘flood maps’.

Finally, the FMOS said Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, is attending a Police Scotland event in Lochgelly, Fife, to highlight Scotland’s increasing numbers of positive stop and searches which have taken drugs, weapons and alcohol off the street. She advised this tactic has been particularly effective in tackling crime in Fife and Mr MacAskill will meet community workers and a mother whose son’s murder involved an illegal weapon.