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Mike Russell addresses EU meeting in Gaelic

Mike Russell
In his speech, Mr Russell said reducing youth unemployment was a priority

Education Secretary Mike Russell has made history by giving a speech to the European Council in Gaelic.

He was addressing members of the Education Youth and Culture Council during a meeting in Brussels.

The short speech is the first to be given to such a meeting in Gaelic, which has been recognised as a co-official language in the EU.

Mr Russell told the council members the language is an "important part" of Scotland's culture.

He added: "Using the language in this context will make the people very proud and appreciative of the European Union's support for minority languages."

In his speech, Mr Russell said that reducing youth unemployment was "a key priority for action".

He said: "In Scotland we recognise the long-term impact of youth unemployment and are committed to ensuring that our young people have the right support and skills to access the labour market."

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