The Secretary General

The Secretary General and the right of initiative The Nordic governments appoint the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, whose job is to manage the Secretariat. Although the work of the Presidency and the Secretary General are subject to guidelines drawn up by the Nordic Committee for Co-operation (NSK), under the rules of procedure for the Nordic Council of Ministers the Secretary General also has the right and duty to present initiatives deemed necessary to develop co-operation. This prerogative is known as the right of initiative and applies to all of the work done by the Secretariat. In other words, the Secretariat does not just have a passive role as the practical coordinator of decisions taken by councils of ministers and committees of senior officials, it also puts forward proposals and plays an active role in driving co-operation forward.