Guidelines for the Nordic Council of Ministers’ co-operation with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

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Co-operation between the Nordic Council of Ministers and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is subject to guidelines agreed by the Nordic Ministers for Co-operation. These guidelines reflect a desire to develop Nordic/Baltic co-operation in areas of common interest, and promote the political stability and economy of the Baltic Sea region.

The guidelines underpin the activities of the Nordic Council of Ministers and act as a starting point for developing joint ambitions and activities.

The Nordic Council of Ministers prioritises certain key areas:

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

Forging closer Nordic/Baltic ties is an ongoing process that involves all of the councils of ministers.

The Nordic Information Offices in the three Baltic capitals play a key role in this dynamic process. They work closely with the Nordic embassies to co-ordinate joint activities and to identify trends and opportunities for joint Nordic/Baltic co-operation. They are responsible for raising the profile of all things 'Nordic' and for certain types of project administration.