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.