Written evidence submitted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to the European and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the EU referendum and EU reform.
Abstract The IET’s response to the inquiry into EU Reform and the EU Referendum: implications for Scotland, highlights the importance of the engineering and technology sectors to the Scottish economy. As leading export sectors, access to a single market of 500 million people is a considerable asset for business. These sectors also benefit from flexibility in sourcing skilled labour as skills shortages are a feature of both the engineering and technology sectors. EU membership also affects a wide range of activity including: the registration of industrial designs; research funding; and environmental protection. Suggestions for EU reform cover areas such as innovation and research, the need for a Single Digital Market and a lessening of the regulatory burden, particularly for small businesses.
Submission Details Submitted on 09 September 2015 to European and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament