“It’s our anniversary year, so we’re really pleased to be launching an additional round of applications for the public-sector mobility programme,” said Christer Haglund, the director of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia. “Those who have gotten involved in the programme in the past have said it’s a practical and user-friendly tool for supporting and developing cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic public sectors. The Mobility Programme has been described as a useful opportunity for support with which to share experience and develop cooperation networks at the regional and EU levels.”
The aim of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Public Administration is to create opportunities for officials and other public-sector workers to exchange knowledge and experience, to develop cooperation networks and to promote partnerships between the Nordic countries and Baltic States at all levels of public administration, thereby fostering greater efficiency in the public sector in the region. The overall aim is to boost economic growth and well-being throughout the region and to increase its competitive standing globally.
The Mobility Programme supports the study visits, work placement trips and network meetings of officials and other public-sector workers, thereby contributing to cooperation between the Nordic countries and Baltic States at the level of ministries, regional offices and local governments. To gain approval, projects must include partners from at least three NB8 countries, with applicants from the Nordic countries visiting at least two of the Baltic States and Baltic applicants visiting partners in at least two of the Nordic countries.
The annual budget of the Mobility Programme is 250,000 euros, which is funded by all of the NB8 countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The programme covers up to 60% of the applicable costs of a project, which can include travel and accommodation expenses and daily allowances. With the programme’s support it is hoped to facilitate the harmonisation of more effective public-sector working methods, with the aim being to promote and reinforce cooperation, mobility, the exchange of knowledge and the development of cooperation networks between public administration structures in the Nordic countries and Baltic States.
The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia serves as the secretariat of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Public Administration.
• Your Nordic and Baltic colleagues have ideas and plans worth hearing about and experience worth sharing.
• Applying and reporting are both easy – everything can be done online at NB8-Grants.
Results of spring 2021 application round
A total of 20 applicants from the Nordic-Baltic region were granted support from the Mobility Programme in spring 2021, to the value of 129,443 euros. Almost 100 officials will be taking part in the projects being supported.
Applying is easy
• Applications will be able to be submitted online at www.nb8grants.org from 15 August 2021.
• Read through the instructions and start searching for partners in good time.
• Register (or log in if you have already registered) and start filling in the application form. Note that the form can be filled in over multiple sessions right up to the deadline.
• Don’t forget to submit your application by the 15 October deadline!
Madis Kanarbik, Programme Coordinator
Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia
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