On March 15–16, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will take part in the Annual Meeting of Nordic and Baltic (Nordic-Baltic Eight, NB8) state secretaries in Oslo. The agenda is to cover regional security, transatlantic relations, including energy security, the issues on UN and EU agendas, as well as Estonia’s plans for its forthcoming presidency of the EU Council.
This year, the NB8 format is coordinated by Norway on a rotational basis, taking it over from Latvia. Comprehensive security issues – hybrid threat, cyber-security, press freedom and strategic communication – as well as the EU’s Eastern Partnership, developments in Ukraine, the region’s economic development, competitiveness and innovation remain important for future regional cooperation.
As an informal regional framework bringing together Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Finland, NB8 has evolved since the Baltic countries regained their independence. This format is not institutionalized, but it effectively provides a framework for political dialogue. In 2018, following the principle of rotation, the NB8 cooperation will be coordinated by Sweden.
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