Cooperation in the Baltic Region

Baltic Council of Ministers / Baltic Cultural Committee

The Baltic Council of Ministers – the institution of trilateral intergovernmental cooperation - was established at the meeting of Baltic Prime Ministers on the 13th of June 1994. The structure of the Council takes into account political interests and gives a possibility to manage the trilateral cooperation. The Baltic Council of Ministers operates under the guidance of the Prime Ministers’ Council.

Trilateral cooperation in the field of culture is coordinated by the Baltic Cultural Committee of senior officials, who meet annually to discuss cooperation issues. Cultural cooperation guidelines are provided by the Programme of Cultural Cooperation, signed between the all three Ministries of Culture.

Programme of Cultural Cooperation between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia for the years 2015-2018

Trilateral initiatives:

Kremerata Baltica:

Baltic Museology Summer School:

Baltic Book Fair

International Folk Festival Baltica:

Baltic Student Song Festival Gaudeamus

Baltic Seminar of National Libraries LiLaEst

Baltic Festival of Contemporary Playwriting

Baltic Dance Platform

Baltic Architects Unions Association (BAUA)

Baltic Way (UNESCO The Memory of the World Register):

The Baltic Way Stories:  

Baltic Song and Dance Celebrations (UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity):


Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture

Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture was launched in 2009 on the initiative of the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministries of Culture of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme is open to applicants from all the Nordic and Baltic countries. The Baltic countries, together with the Nordic countries, take part on equal footing in both decision-making and funding.

The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture provides funding for:

mobility for individuals

network building for cultural operators

residency centres

The programme is open for professional:

-          Artists

-          Producers

-          Cultural operators in all fields of art and culture

The Programme is administered by the Nordic Contact Point in Helsinki, Finland.  

Other programmes of the Nordic Council of Ministers open for Lithuanian cultural operators:

Culture and Art Programme

NORDBUK Grant Programme


The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) PA Culture

The Priority Area Culture has been officially established within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) in 2013. The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Ministry of Justice, Cultural and European Affairs of Land Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) have taken on the role as Priority Area Coordinators with the support of its implementation from Ars Baltica and the Nordic Council of Ministers. The PA Culture Steering Group made up of representatives of the Ministries of Culture of Baltic Sea states as well as of relevant BSR organizations dealing with cultural affairs, contributes to the decision making.

Culture is seen by the strategy as source of common regional identity and shared values that can lead to a greater territorial cohesion.  Recognizing culture as a resource for creativity and innovation by integrating the creative and cultural sector in the EUSBSR will simultaneously enhance its potential for economic growth and employment.


Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), priority Regional Identity

Regional Identity is one of the three renewed long-term priorities of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. It aims to develop and foster the concept of Baltic Sea Region identity and a sense of belonging to the Baltic Sea Region through engagement, dialogue, people-to-people contacts, macro-regional networks and multilevel governance.

To this end, several activities, programmes and networks are operational within the priority. This includes the Baltic Sea Monitoring Group on Heritage Cooperation, focusing on preservation of the common heritage in the Baltic Sea States, and specifically on building preservation and maintenance in practice, underwater heritage, coastal culture and maritime heritage, and sustainable historic towns. National coordinator of the project – Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of the Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.


The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC)

The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture was established in 2010 as the fourth Partnership in the Northern Dimension Policy, a common policy for EU, Iceland, Norway and Russia. The NDPC countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture. Partnership encourages cooperation in the area of cultural and creative industries, developing a platform for dialogue and exchange of best practices, promoting cultural and creative industries and culture based innovation policies in the partnership countries, fostering cross-sectoral cooperation and research. Partnership is coordinated by a Steering Committee, involving representatives of partnership countries.

Last updated: 15-12-2015