15th December 2017
Caithness Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that from 1 January 2018 it will play host to Scotland’s only Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC). The aim of this Centre is to provide information to businesses and the general public about EU matters, and to enable them to make their voices heard on any areas of EU activity that are of concern to them.
Starting from 1 January 2018, any members of the public in the North Highlands and Northern Isles who want to find out more about EU rights, funding, living / working / studying in EU countries, and much more, will be able to get easy access to the information they need.
As well as having a walk-in centre at the Chamber’s offices in Thurso, the EDIC will also have a dedicated phone number, email address and social media presence, and the team will also be doing information events throughout the year.
Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said: “We were delighted to win this contract to host Scotland’s only EDIC. The bidding was highly competitive, and we were one of just 12 out of 35 organisations in the UK which were successful in securing a contract, so this is a real coup for the North Highlands.
“The Chamber remains neutral on the ongoing debates around Brexit and the EU, and we will not be speaking for the European Commission on any subject, topic or policy. Our sole aim with this centre is to ensure that businesses and individuals in the North Highlands and Islands have access to factual information on Europe and Brexit.
“As the Brexit process continues, there are obviously a number of complicated issues under discussion, and it is important that local citizens, businesses and organisations are able to have their key questions answered as soon as the information becomes available.
“This will be an exciting new challenge for the Chamber, and we look forward to playing our part in ensuring that those living, working and studying in the North Highlands and Northern Isles have the information they need to make informed decisions about Europe.”