Kaunas, 6 September 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Ministers of eight Nordic-Baltic countries NB8, will start a two-day informal regional meeting on Tuesday in Kaunas.

The Foreign Minister will meet from 6 – 7 September will meet in Kaunas to discuss the issues of strengthening regional security, Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, support for Ukraine, and the energy security in the region.

They will also discuss the impact of global economic challenges on the countries of the region, and prospects for closer cooperation with the Indo-Pacific democracies.

The preparations for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly and other issues of importance for the region will also be on the agenda.

The meeting will be attended by Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, the Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, the Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir.

They will be accompanied by the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Foreign Minister of Norway Anniken Huitfeldt, the Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, and the Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde.

What is NB8?

The Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) is an informal (non-institutionalized) regional cooperation format between the five Nordic and three Baltic states: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden.

The NB8 countries rotate each year to coordinate the NB8 activities. They organize and host the meetings that take place during that year. Lithuania coordinates the NB8 cooperation in 2022.

The Baltic and Nordic nations have recently established a strong network of collaboration in a variety of fields through the NB8 platform. These fields include politics, the military, business, education, the environment, culture, and finance.

They hold expert discussions and regular meetings at the highest political levels to review regional challenges and current global issues.

NB8 Cooperation under Lithuania

Lithuania assumed the coordination of NB8 cooperation for 2022.  The focus during the Lithuanian coordination period will be on a more secure, safe, and resilient Baltic and Nordic region.

A region that is sustainable, green, and interconnected. A region that is a hub of socially cohesive societies, champions of democracy and human rights.