The joint Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Business and Industry promotes economic cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship to strengthen the global competitive power of the Nordic-Baltic region. The programme gives financial support to different stakeholders in the fields of business and industry to carry out study visits, internships, training or network activities. It is now open for applications with the deadline 30 April 2009. More information on the call for applications can be found on the website of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia (http://www.norden.lv/en/grants/36).The aim of the programme is to strengthen and promote economic co-operation, entrepreneurship, regional cluster co-operation and innovation opportunities between the NB8 countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden). The annual budget of the programme is some 2 million DKK, which is financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Activities supported by the programme require participation of minimum three countries, of these minimum one Nordic and one Baltic. The programme covers up to 70% of the costs related to travel, accommodation and network activities.
The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Business and Industry was launched together with the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Public Administration www.norden.ee and the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture www.kknord.org.
The joint mobility and network programmes are important instruments for developing the cooperation between the Nordic Council of Ministers and the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the coming years. The cooperation was initiated in 1991 and has in recent years developed into a political cooperation in areas of joint priorities and on an equal footing.
Information on the new guidelines for the Nordic Council of Ministers cooperation with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 2009-2013 can be found on the website of the Nordic Council of Ministers www.norden.org/internationellt/uk/riktl.asp?lang=&p_id=677.