Alyn Smith MEP, SNP member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, has been appointed to the prestigious board of "Jewels of the North Atlantic", an organisation seeking to encourage greater cooperation and collaboration across the north Atlantic region, encompassing the USA, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, Denmark and Scotland.
Other members of the board include the former Premier of Greenland and the Secretary General of the West Nordic Council.
"Jewels of the North Atlantic" (JoNA) is designed as a not for profit Media and Information Forum, representing an opportunity to create a channel for exchange of knowledge, opinion, information, culture and passion in all matters relating to the north Atlantic. From emerging opportunities, to climatological challenges, cultural exchange to political, it will provide holistic, responsible and reliable exchange of information and dialogue.
It covers eight countries on both sides of the north Atlantic, is aimed at encouraging cross border communication and cooperation, and to be a tool of information and knowledge for global stakeholders who need to truly understand the north Atlantic region, its opportunities and challenges.
Alyn Smith was a member of the European Parliament's Delegation to Switzerland, Iceland and Norway from 2004 to 2014 and has been a member of the Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee since 2014.
"I'm honoured to be included in this board, and hope I will be able to link top Scottish expertise with interested parties based in our north Atlantic neighbours. We have world-class experts in many sectors - oil and gas, renewables, aquaculture - and this knowledge could be better shared with those with similar industries to us.
"It is a two way street, however, and I am looking forward to learning more about what is going on in these other states to take their best practice back with me to Scotland."
Vilborg Einarsdottir, Director of "Jewels of the North Atlantic", said:
"Global understanding of the gravity of changes occurring in the north Atlantic and Arctic regions and their abrupt impacts on the world’s environment and economies will require dialogue, cooperation and that stories be told—from the source. 'Jewels of the North Atlantic', JoNA, is developed to be that source, a multifaceted net connecting north Atlantic countries and communities and a tool for global stakeholders to truly understand the region and what it is about. Scotland is an important member of the north Atlantic community".