The NCM 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.
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.
In 2013 the Nordic Council of Ministers is chaired by Norway. The programme of Norwegian chairmanship is called The Nordic model in a new era.
The Baltic and Nordic countries are close neighbors, and work together for the benefit of the whole Baltic Sea Region. Key areas of cooperation include:
· Cross-border cooperation
· Research and education
· Innovation policy
· Information technology
· Social and health issues
· Environment and sustainable development
The main document on cooperation with the Baltic countries is Guidelines for the Nordic Council of Ministers‘ co-operation with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 2009-2013.
The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania is running the following activities:
· acts as a liaison between the Nordic ministerial councils and the secretariat in
Copenhagen on the one hand, and with Lithuanian ministries and other official bodies on
· provides general information about the Nordic countries and Nordic cooperation;
· promotes Nordic culture in Lithuania and encourages Nordic-Lithuanian cultural
· administers several Nordic Council of Ministers exchange programmes and other projects
In 2013 the NCM runs a number of projects and grant programs, that are open to Lithuanian participation. The guidelines, deadlines and application forms can be found in the Programmes section.
The Nordic Council of Ministers Office is an active promoter of the Nordic culture. In cooperation with the Cinema Theatre Pasaka in Vilnius the Office runs Nordic Film Club.
The Office runs the Nordic Film Library, which is the only one in Lithuania offering films for borrowing free of charge and promoting Nordic films.
The logotype of the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania: