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Guidelines for the Nordic Council of Ministers' co-operation with North-West Russia from 2014
The Nordic Council of Ministers attaches great importance to close co-operation with the regions of North-West Russia, in particular to establishing cross-border networks and promoting greater democracy.
Co-operation with Russia
The Nordic Council of Ministers considers developments in Russia of vital importance to the Nordic Region.
Nordic Council of Ministers' Information Office in Russia
The Nordic Council of Ministers was in the years 1995-2015 represented in Russia through an information office in Skt. Petersburg and four contact centers in Petrozavodsk, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Kaliningrad.
Nordic institutions active in Russia
The co-operation structure includes several institutions which play an important role in co-operation with Russia:
Cooperation with civil society organisations
Civil society organisations play an important roll for the Nordic Council of Ministers Cooperation with the Baltic countries and northwest Russia. In particular as partners to build capacity within a number of areas of priority for the Nordic Council of Ministers, but also as partners towards building networks and develop the Councils cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. The Nordic Council of Ministers intends to broaden and intensify its cooperation with NGOs and work towards the strengthening of civil society.
Co-operation in the Barents Region
The Nordic countries work with the EU and with Russia in the Barents Region on the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. They attach great importance to joint activities in this part of the world.
The Northern Dimension
The Northern Dimension is a political framework agreement for co-operation between the EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland. The Northern Dimension focuses on North-west Russia and on co-operation between North-west Russia and its adjacent states: the five Nordic countries and the three Baltic States Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


Jens Nytoft Rasmussen