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President Dalia Grybauskaitė opened International Conference “Lithuanian-Nordic Cooperation: Life-Long Learning Experience and Common Values”. The purpose of the Conference was to make an overview of the experience of cooperation between Lithuania and the Nordic countries and to contribute to formulating guidelines for the future, Presidential Press Office reported.

The President underlined in her welcome address that the Nordic Council of Ministers was the first international organization to establish its office in Vilnius when Lithuania regained independence twenty years ago. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the reestablishment of Lithuania’s diplomatic relations with Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden that added momentum to the economic and cultural contacts maintained by the Nordic and Baltic states, the President said.

“Today we continue building our region’s identity. Together with the Nordic countries we successfully coordinate foreign policy issues in the European Union and in the Nordic Baltic Eight. The Baltic States are actively engaged in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Nordplus programmes to develop quality and innovation in education systems. Joint projects for public administration, cultural and business mobility have proved to be truly effective,” President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

The President also noted the exchange of experiences and best practice was the key principle of Northern European solidarity.