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:
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.