About us

The Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania
The Office
The Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania was established in 1991 to represent the Nordic Council of Ministers in Lithuania, and to develop Nordic-Lithuanian cooperation. It has sister offices in Latvia (Riga) and Estonia (Tallinn) as well as in Russia (St Petersburg).
The NCM is the forum of cooperation for the governments of the five Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, including the autonomous areas of the Faeroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands.
The organization consists of several ministerial councils, which meet regularly. Daily work is carried out by the Secretariat in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. The Nordic Council of Ministers operates in close relationship with the Nordic Council, the cooperation forum of the Nordic parliaments.
2018 Presidency
Sweden holds the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2018. The foundation of the Swedish presidency programme is inclusion, innovation, and security, with digitalisation a recurrent theme throughout the programme.
Sweden’s presidency programme, which forms the basis for Nordic inter-governmental co-operation in 2018, is divided into three priority areas:
An inclusive Nordic Region
This area is born out of a number of challenges common to all the Nordic countries. Digital solutions for remote care, the social inclusion of young people, and a labour market policy that offers better opportunities for entering employment are key points in the programme.
A sustainable and innovative Nordic Region
This area focuses on Nordic innovation as a driving force for sustainable social change. Sweden wants to step up co-operation on the bioeconomy, sustainable construction, and climate-smart transport.
A safe and open Nordic Region
Sweden wants to elevate the broad security issues that affect the Nordic Region. The countries will exchange knowledge about how best to prevent radicalisation, organised crime, terrorism, and human trafficking.
The five joint initiatives of the Nordic prime ministers - Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges - also feature in the presidency programme. The initiatives aim to share Nordic solutions and experiences that may help to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals as part of Agenda 2030.
The Guidelines
Activities of The Office
The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania is running the following activities:
  • ACTS AS A LIAISON between the Nordic ministerial councils and the secretariat in Copenhagen on the one hand, and with Lithuanian ministries and other official bodies on the other;
  • PROVIDES INFORMATION about the Nordic countries, Nordic institutions and Nordic cooperation;
  • PROMOTES NORDIC CULTURE in Lithuania and encourages Nordic-Lithuanian cultural cooperation;
  • ADMINISTERS several Nordic Council of Ministers exchange programmes and other projects in Lithuania.
  • PROMOTES the development of democracy and civil society in Belarus. More about The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania' role in the implementation of these activities, please read in Belarus section.
The programmes
The Nordic Council of Ministers runs a number of projects and grant programmes, that are open to Lithuanian participation. The guidelines, deadlines and application forms can be found in the Programmes section.
Data protection policy
Our data protection policy contains the terms and conditions that apply when we process your personal data, and your rights when using our website. 
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments about our data protection policy, or if you would like to get in touch about anything else.
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