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Danish Foreign Minister: Nordic Top-level Research Initiative an inspiration for Baltic cooperation

The Nordic model of joining forces in the fields of innovation and research can be expanded to other countries in the region, said Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Lene Espersen at the Baltic Development Forum in Vilnius, June 2nd.


Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Lene Espersen with NCM Secretary General Haldór Ásgrimsson at the Baltic Developement Forum

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At the Baltic Development Forum, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Lene Espersen outlined the programme of the Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) in 2010 and also praised the new globalisation programme of the NCM.

She pointed in particular at the Nordic Top-level Research Initiative, created in 2008 to promote a stronger synergy in the combined efforts of the Nordic countries to develop climate, energy and environmental solutions.

- The Top-level Research Initiative could be an inspiration for a wider Baltic cooperation platform, and it shows how useful and natural it is for us to look for joint solutions to common problems, Espersen said.

The NCM globalisation programme aims at uniting the efforts of the Nordic countries to meet the challenges of globalisation, especially within the areas of climate, energy, health and welfare.

- A special emphasis is also put on a joint branding of the Nordic countries abroad, the minister added.

A final element mentioned was the Nordic Globalisation Forum, which the minister likened to a Nordic Davos.

- All the Nordic Prime Ministers met only a few days ago with other key actors at the Nordic Globalisation Forum, where we discussed green growth and decided to set up a task force to map out Nordic positions of strength and identify sectors in which further co-operation between the Nordic countries will add value, she concluded.