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Council of Ministers

The Nordic Council of Ministers was founded in 1971. Despite the generic name, it actually consists of several councils.
The Nordic Council of Ministers for Labour (MR-A)
The Nordic Council of Ministers for Labour (MR-A) consists of the national ministers for employment and labour. Its remit covers intergovernmental co-operation on employment issues, the labour market, the working environment and labour law.
Nordic Council of Ministers for Business, Energy & Regional Policy (MR-NER)
The Nordic countries' co-operation in business, energy and regional policies will ensure continued growth in the region. This co-operation is led by the Nordic ministers for business, energy and regional policy.
Nordic Council of Ministers for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MR-FJLS)
MR-FJLS consists of one council of ministers covering four policy areas: fisheries and aquaculture, agriculture, food and forestry. The core tasks of MR-FJLS involve promoting the sustainable use of nature and genetic resources.
The Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality (MR-JÄM)
Inter-governmental work on gender equality is the remit of MR-JÄM, which consists of the national ministers for gender equality. The shared culture, history and democratic traditions of the Nordic countries enable them to work closely and constructively together on gender equality.
The Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture (MR-K)
The ministers for culture in the Nordic countries and the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland have the overriding responsibility for cultural co-operation within the Nordic Council of Ministers. The overall goal includes encouraging diversity of cultural expression and promoting artists and their work.
Nordic Council of Ministers for Legislative Affairs (MR-LAG)
The Nordic governments' co-operation in the area of legislation is led by the Nordic ministers of justice who make up MR-LAG. Legislative co-operation is a tool for the Nordic countries in the work to promote the fundamental common principles of Nordic legislation.
The Nordic Council of Ministers for the Environment (MR-M)
The Nordic governments' environmental co-operation is run by MR-M. The environmental co-operation, amongst other things, aims to protect and improve the quality of the environment and quality of life in the Nordic countries, and influence regional and international co-operation.
Nordic Council of Ministers for Health and Social Affairs (MR-S)
The Nordic governments' co-operation within the social and health care sector is led by the Nordic ministers for health and social affairs who make up MR-S. Nordic co-operation within the social and health care area is based on common values which constitute the basis of the Nordic welfare model.
Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U)
The Nordic governments' co-operation in the field of research and education is led by the Nordic ministers of education and research, MR-U. The council of ministers works to ensure that the Nordic Region maintains a leading position the field of knowledge and competencies.
The Nordic Council of Ministers for Finance (MR-FINANS)
The remit of MR-FINANS consists of inter-governmental co-operation on economic and financial affairs. Recurring features of the work include (1) ensuring stable and sustainable economic growth, (2) developing the Nordic welfare models, (3) promoting economic integration in the Nordic Region as well as in the Baltic region and in Europe and (4) promoting Nordic interests at international level. Other topics covered include the EU, tax affairs, cross-border freedom of movement in the Nordic Region, closer integration between the Nordic strategy on sustainable development and the economic agenda and ongoing collaboration in the Nordic financial markets.
Nordic Council of Ministers for Digitalisation 2017-2020 (MR-DIGITAL)
On 22 June 2017, MR-SAM decided to establish an ad hoc council of ministers for digitalisation (MR-DIGITAL) for the period 2017 to 2020. MR-DIGITAL has one minister each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Åland. The following ministers have been appointed to MR-DIGITAL