Nordic-Baltic cooperation at a turning point

Top diplomats discuss the past and future of Nordic-Baltic cooperation at the BDF Summit in Gdansk, October 24-26. Regional cooperation supplements and strengthens EU integration, they agree. This year, the offices of the Nordic Council of Ministers in the Baltic countries are celebrating their 20th anniversary. They were established in the wake of the Soviet breakdown and in many ways helped draw the three Baltic states back into the European mainstream. That was one of the conclusions of a discussion between Halldór Ásgrímsson, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), and Ambassafor Raul Mälk, Estonias Special Envoy for the Baltic Sea Region. The success of the cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic countries has been bolstered by effective institutions like the Nordic Investment Bank and successful initiatives like the Nordplus education programme, said Halldór Ásgrímsson, when speaking of past achievements of the Nordic Council of Ministers in the Baltic states - hear more: