Nordic Council

Cooperation with the Nordic Council

Close contacts with members of the Nordic Council started already in 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. A working group of the Baltic and Nordic countries was established in September 1991 to support the Baltic States in creation of a cooperation organisation for the parliaments 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 organisations agreed to cooperate in developing democratic institutions and 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.

Throughout the years, the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council have developed close cooperation and coordination of activities 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 smaller-scale summits and various meetings on issues of mutual interest.

Regional, political and economical ties

The Baltic and Nordic countries are linked regionally, politically and economically. Cooperation of the Baltic and Nordic countries is grounded in shared values, mutual trust and solidarity. Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council strives to find common solutions for current security, economic, environmental, demographic and other challenges to promote growth and welfare of our region. By joining forces and showing the collective political will, Baltic and Nordic countries have more tools to foster growth and development. Security and defence, energy, transport and infrastructure, internal security and the control of external borders, health care and social questions, environmental protection of the Baltic Sea, research, education and culture are those strategically important areas where coordinated actions could be useful for the region as a whole. The Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council strengthen the interaction between legislative and executive branches in order to better represent common regional interests, develop more comprehensive and inclusive regional cooperation as well as expand borders of cooperation and raise the BalticNordic profile in international forums.

Common positions, decisions and projects of the Baltic and Nordic countries should promote sustainability and development and send a strong message of BalticNordic partnership and cooperation to the rest of the world. Baltic Assembly and Nordic Council are interested to promote visibility of the Baltic–Nordic region on the European level.

Focus of the cooperation in 2020-2021

  • Comprehensive foreign and security policy, including climate and energy issues, societal security and promotion of democratic values;
  • Climate change mitigation and environmental protection;
  • Transport and infrastructure interconnections;
  • Gender and intergeneration equality;
  • Sustainable and interconnected energy market;
  • Digital market and interconnectivity, artificial intelligence;
  • Circular economy in support for sustainable development;
  • Labour and academic mobility, vocational education and training.

Decision on Priorities of Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council 2020 – 2021 was signed during the Annual Summit of the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly on 9 December 2019 in Hadeland (Norway). 

Annual summits of the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council

  • 1st BA-NC summit on 15 December 2006
  • 2nd BA-NC summit on 3-4 December 2007 in Oslo, Norway
  • 3rd BA-NC summit on 22–23 January 2009 in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 4th BA-NC summit on 17-18 February 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 5th BA-NC summit on 7 December 2010 in Kirkkonummi, Finland
  • 6th BA-NC summit on 7 December 2011 in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 7th BA-NC summit on 17-18 January 2013 in Riga, Latvia
  • 8th BA-NC summit on 21-22 January 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 9th BA-NC summit on 1 – 2 December 2014 in Lysebu, Norway
  • 10th BA-NC summit on 7 December 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 11th BA-NC summit on 28-29 November 2016 in Keflavik, Iceland
  • 12th BA-NC summit on 27 November 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 13th BA-NC summit on 10 December 2018 in Espoo, Finland
  • 14th BA-NC summit on 9 December 2019 in Hadeland, Norway
  • Digital 15th BA-NC summit on 14 December 2020

Joint 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)
  • 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)
  • Decision on Priorities of Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council 2020-2021 (download)

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

Photos

Signing of the Decision on Priorities of Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council 2020-2021

During Annual Summit of the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly 
Delegation of the Baltic Assembly during Annual Summit

Family photo during Annual Summit of the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly

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