Cooperation with Nordic Council of Ministers to Become More Intensive


2017 12 18


During the 18 December meeting with the new Director of the Nordic Council of Ministers Helén Nilsson, the Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson pointed out that Lithuania had proved to be a reliable partner of the Council; therefore, now it is important to search for additional support methods for the funding of coproduction in the cooperation of Nordic-Baltic countries.

During the meeting, the Minister of Culture congratulated the new director and rejoiced over the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture extended for a new period of 2018-2020 as well as over an expert from Lithuania selected to participate in the evaluation of applications.

Speaking about the issues of media literacy and mass media transparency important for the region, the Minister of Culture informed that the study on the mass media usage literacy level had been carried out at the order of the Ministry of Culture and that one of the amendments to the Law on Provision of Information to the Public was the creation of an information system of the producers and disseminators of public information. These changes are anticipated to increase the transparency of public information and to lower leverage over the mass media.

The experience of Nordic countries in the field of culture and education would be very important while implementing the provisions of the Government programme and preparing the project “Cultural Passport”, which aims to grant a possibility to Lithuanian schoolchildren to get free services of cultural and art institutions from September of 2019.

The Director of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Lithuania introduced the priorities of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2018, when it will be presided by Sweden, emphasising the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as attention to digitization and youth. She drew attention to the pilot Nordic Council of Ministers support programme to mass media content on national communities in Baltic countries to be continued next year. The festival of discussions “Exactly!” organised in Lithuania for the first time and planned in Birštonas next year and the successful international conference “Creativity for Life” held in Klaipėda were highlighted as rejoicing events.

The meeting participants agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation and allocate more attention to regions, education, media literacy, and more intensive cultural cooperation of Baltic and Nordic countries.