Sub Rosa (latin) “under the rose” – in confidence – from the practice in
diplomacy during the Middle Ages of hanging a rose over a meeting as
a sign of confidentiality and freedom to speak candidly.

SubRosa – the concept

SubRosa is an official initiative of Scotland, delivered by a partnership of the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise – the Government’s two economic development agencies. SubRosa meetings organised by these Scottish partners have been held for over 10 years allowing Scotland to contribute on key strategic discussions facing Europe.

The aim is to initiate an open discussion amongst EU decision-makers, commentators and national/regional implementing agencies to ensure that new and innovative voices are heard in strategic discussions on future policy development. The forum is for officials rather than politicians. These discussions are intended as a significant contribution to the European policy process and offer Commission actors, both from Cabinets and services, an opportunity to exchange views with and receive ideas from key operational actors selected from among the Member States, academics and private sector counterparts all in a totally confidential setting. The proceedings follow Chatham House rules i.e. non-attributable contributions to make everyone comfortable to speak openly and freely.