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 four sister offices across the Baltic region: one in Latvia (Riga) and three offices in Estonia (Tallinn/Narva/Tartu).
The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania is running the following activities:
The Nordic Council of Ministers 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. 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.
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.
The main document (in Lithuanian only) on cooperation with the Baltic countries is Guidelines for the Nordic Council of Ministers’ co-operation with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from 2014.
For more information about The Nordic Council of Ministers‘ activities in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania press here.
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.
The Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers rotates between the five Nordic countries and is held for a period of one year. The Presidency alternates in accordance with an agreed rota which begins with Denmark, followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland.
Iceland took over the Presidency of Nordic Council of Ministers for 2019.
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