Funding scheme for cooperation between Nordic and Baltic civil servants will be open for applicants in January 2021

Friday, 08 January 2021
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The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Public Administration will be open for applications from civil servants and other staff in the public sector from 15 January 2021. The next deadline for submitting applications is 30 March 2021. There is one application round per year.

In order to obtain funding, your project should involve partners from at least three countries: Nordic applicants should visit a minimum of two Baltic countries, while Baltic applicants should visit partners in at least two Nordic countries.

Why apply?

  • You and your colleagues in Nordic and Baltic countries have ideas, plans and experiences worth sharing, discovering and discussing with partners.
  • Applying and reporting is easy and user friendly – all can be done online at NB8-Grants.

Results from 2020

46 applications from the Nordic-Baltic region were approved for grants with a total budget of 265 645 € in 2020. A total number of 280 civil servants are participating in the projects granted by the mobility programme during 2020/2021.

The projects are quite evenly distributed between all the participating NB8 countries represented in the mobility programme. The statistical results of all participating countries in projects financed by the programme in 2020 are following (numbers behind the name of the country show in how many projects the country is participating in 2020):

2020 results PA


The Office of the Chancellor of Justice of Estonia, the Inspection Visits Department applied for funding in 2020 for the project with an aim of enhancing the capacity of the Office of the Chancellor of Justice on monitoring prisons and police detention houses by arranging study visits to Iceland and Sweden. Project leader Kertti Pilvik, Head of International Relations for the Chancellor of Justice of Estonia:

“ The main objective of the project was to enhance the capacity of the Office of the Chancellor of Justice of Estonia, the Inspection Visits Department, in monitoring prisons and police detention houses and to increase the effectiveness of the General Department in performing administrative functions. The project also helped to establish good cooperation relationships and personal contacts with the Nordic colleagues for further consultations and collaboration.
The project resulted in increased knowledge transfer for mutual benefit on several administrative levels, experience exchange on best practices in respect of public administration and facilitation of harmonisation of standards and tighter cross-sectoral cooperation. Established close contacts with the ombudspersons in Nordic countries give a good base for future joint projects and collaboration. The parties of the project decided to continue with the regular consultations and meetings. The study visits gave a valuable opportunity to learn from the mutual respective experiences and to discuss the best practices. We are hoping that the study visits will also create a base for further mutual collaboration projects and better exchange of information through personal contacts. The feedback from the advisers of the Chancellor of Justice as well as from the staff of the Nordic partners has been very positive. The study visits create personal close contacts, which is also a great benefit regarding future cooperation. This is a unique grant programme to encourage and maintain inter-institutional cooperation.“

Applying is easy

  • The electronic application system at is open for applications from 15 January 2021.
  • Please read the guidelines carefully and start looking for project partners in good time.
  • Register or log in if you are already a user of the mobility programme and start filling in the application - please note that you can fill in the application step by step up to the deadline.
  • Do not forget to submit your application before the deadline - 30 March 2021 !

Madis Kanarbik, Programme Coordinator
Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Estonia
Phone + 372 5046570
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Languages: English, Swedish, Estonian


About the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Public Administration

The programme offers grants for mobility and networking, the annual budget of the mobility porgramme, app. 200 000 EUR, is financed by all NB8 countries – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The purpose of the programme is to promote and strengthen cooperation, exchange of knowledge, and networking between public administration structures on all administrative levels in the Nordic-Baltic Region. The programme aims to facilitate the harmonization of more efficient working methods in the public sector. The overall goal is to increase the global competitive power of the region.


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Kertu Kärk

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