Partners

NORDIC COUNCIL

Close parliamentary contacts between Baltic and Nordic countries started right after the Baltic States regained their independence. Unofficial cooperation with the Nordic Council began in November 1990. A delegation from the Nordic Council officially visited the Baltic States in November 1990 and met representatives of the Council of the Baltic States.

The Agreement on Parliamentary Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council was signed on 30 May 1992 in Palanga, when organizations agreed to cooperate in developing democratic institutions and to collaborate the following fields - environmental protection, security policy, culture and education, trade and market economy, agriculture, communications and energy. On 26 September 1997 in Kalmar, Baltic Assembly and Nordic Council decided to deepen ties and sign the second Cooperation Agreement in the view of common concerns regarding the security and stability in the Baltic Sea Region. By conclusion of the 1997 Agreement of Parliamentary Cooperation, the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council defined particular priority areas of cooperation such as political, economic, legal, ecological, social, cultural and educational development of the region, security and fight against organised crime and illegal migration.

Presidiums and Committees of the BA and the NC regularly attend each other’s sessions, meetings, conferences and similar events. Presidiums and Committees occasionally arrange their own meetings within the overall framework of such joint activities. Throughout the years, the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council have developed close cooperation on all institutional levels of these organizations: Presidiums, Committees, party groups and Secretariats. In 2004, after the Baltic States joined the European Union, new forms of cooperation were set. It was agreed to replace former large-scale joint meetings of the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council with annual, smaller-scale summits and various thematic conferences. It was also decided to create joint working groups; issue joint statements; and hold meetings on the level of Presidiums and committees. Thus, the Nordic-Baltic cooperation became more focused and target-oriented.

 

In 2018, cooperation between both organisations was focused on the following priority areas:

Presidiums level:

  • Brexit and the EU;
  • European security and defence cooperation;
  • Consultations with MEPs elected from Nordic and Baltic countries.

 

Committees level:

  • Foundation of the Baltic Culture Fund (based on model of Nordic Culture Fund);
  • Preservation of cultural heritage and digital repository;
  • Circular economy;
  • Implementation of Paris Agreement and the EU Climate and Energy targets 2030;
  • Regional gas and electricity market;
  • Transport and infrastructure.

 

The cooperation of both parliamentary organizations is determined by the Action Plan, which is adopted at the Annual Summit. The Action Plan determines the main guidelines, priorities, aims and activities of cooperation. See Action Plan to learn about the main priorities between both organisation in 2018-2019.

 

ANNUAL SUMMITS of the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council

 


Documents

Agreement on Parliamentary Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council, 30 May 1992 (download)
Agreement on parliamentary cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council, 26 September 1997 (download)
Action Plan, Priority Issues in Nordic - Baltic Parliamentary Cooperation, 2006  (download)
Action Plan, For Baltic Assembly - Nordic Council Cooperation, 2007 (download)
The Baltic Assembly's Environmental Protection and Energy Committee and the Nordic Council's Environment and Natural Resources Committee Memorandum of Understanding, 26 January 2007 (download)
Action Plan, For Baltic Assembly - Nordic Council Cooperation, 2008 (download)
Action Plan, For Baltic Assembly - Nordic Council Cooperation, 2009 (download)
Action Plan, For Baltic Assembly - Nordic Council Cooperation, 2010 (download)
Strategy for Cooperation between the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly, 2011 (download)
Action Plan for Cooperation between the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly, 2012-2013 (download)
The Baltic Assembly's and Nordic Council's condemnation of violence in Kyiv, 22 January 2014 (download)
Action Plan for Cooperation between the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly, 2014-2015 (download)
Action Plan for Cooperation between the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly, 2016-2017 (download)
Action Plan for Cooperation between the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly, 2018-2019 (download)

 

 

To read more about the Nordic Council, visit http://www.norden.org/en.

 

 

During 13th annual summit of the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly on 10 December 2018 in Espoo, Finland

 

 

 

During meeting of the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly and Nordic Council with the Members of the European Parliament elected from the Baltic and Nordic countries on 22 February 2018 in Brussels (Belgium).

 

During theme the Theme Session of the Nordic Council on 4 April 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden (photo by Secretariat of the Baltic Assembly)