The document, which outlines the guidelines for 2020-21, states that Nordic-Baltic co-operation will focus on foreign affairs and security policy, including societal security and the protection of democracy. “This is a strong signal that the Nordic and Baltic countries want to work actively to safeguard the safety and security of the Baltic Sea region. Tensions have increased in the region in recent years, so it’s important that we demonstrate that the Nordic and Baltic countries are united in their efforts to make the region safer,” says Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir, President of the Nordic Council in 2020.
Eight priority areas
The co-operation document highlights eight priority areas. At the top of the list is security policy and the climate and environment, followed by co-operation on digital development, artificial intelligence, gender equality, the circular economy, co-operation on transport and energy, and freedom of movement. In addition, the parties highlight co-operation against corruption and cite its importance in light of the social consequences of corruption. Furthermore, the countries are encouraging the exploration of opportunities for the mutual recognition of degrees between the countries, in the same way as the Baltic countries already do internally. The document stresses that the Nordic and Baltic countries share the same values in terms of their deep respect for democracy, the rule of law, equality, human rights, and sustainable development.
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