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Guidelines for the Nordic Council of Ministers' Co-operation with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 2014

The Nordic Council of Ministers' co-operation with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is directed by guidelines agreed by the Nordic Ministers for Co-operation in July 2013 and adopted by the Nordic Council in October 2013. These express a desire to develop Nordic-Baltic co-operation in areas of common interest and thus strengthen work towards political stability and a strong economy in the Baltic Sea Region.

The guidelines are designed to underpin the activities of the Nordic Council of Ministers and should be seen as a starting point for further development of joint ambitions and activities.

The multilateral partnership between the Nordic Council of Ministers and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania must be a politically focused co-operation on equal terms.

The Nordic Council of Ministers has a special interest in developing certain key areas which are include the following central themes in particular:

  • Education, research and innovation
  • Business, cluster co-operation and creative industries
  • The environment, climate and energy, including environmental conditions in the Baltic Sea and the promotion of effective environmental technologies and renewable sources of energy
  • The international challenges faced by welfare societies. Possible areas of co-operation include combating human trafficking and the spread of HIV/AIDS; improving co-operation between police forces and public prosecution services; developing hospital services; and addressing demographic challenges in relation to, e.g. labour-market policy.
  • Cross-border regional co-operation to promote joint fundamental values, such as democracy, good governance, gender equality, freedom of speech and tolerance – both under Nordic–Baltic auspices and in relation to other neighbouring countries, including Belarus.

Forging closer ties in Nordic-Baltic co-operation is an ongoing process which takes place within the framework of the different departmental areas.

The Nordic Information Office in each of the three Baltic capitals also plays a central role in this dynamic and co-operative process. The offices work closely with the Nordic embassies and co-ordinate joint activities. The offices identify trends and opportunities for joint Nordic-Baltic co-operation in dialogue with the Nordic embassies. The offices are exponents of all that is "Nordic", create a broad image of Nordic co-operation and are also responsible for some project administration, such as the joint Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programmes for Public Administration and Business and Industry.

Guidelines for Nordic Council of Ministers co-operation with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from 2014


Jens Nytoft Rasmussen