Briefing for the diplomatic corps on forums Sweden is chairing in 2024

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On Monday 5 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström and Minister for EU Affairs, with responsibility for Nordic affairs, Jessika Roswall informed the diplomatic corps of the priorities for the N5 and NB8 and the Nordic Council of Ministers, all of which will be chaired by Sweden this year. Around 100 diplomatic representatives attended the briefing.

  • Billström and Roswall standing at  a podium speakaing to the audience

    Minister for EU Affairs, with responsibility for Nordic affairs, Jessika Roswall and Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström informed the diplomatic corps of the priorities for the N5 and NB8 and the Nordic Council of Ministers, all of which will be chaired by Sweden this year.

    Photo: Stina Gullander/ The Government Offices

  • Roswall and Billström speaking in a microphone

    Minister for EU Affairs, with responsibility for Nordic affairs, Jessika Roswall and Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström.

    Photo: Stina Gullander/ The Government Offices

  • Billström and Roswall standing in front of the audience - speaking in a microphone

    Around 100 diplomatic representatives attended the briefing with Jessika Roswall, Minister for EU Affairs, with responsibility for Nordic affairs and Tobias Billström, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

    Photo: Stina Gullander/ The Government Offices

This year, Sweden holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers and is coordinating the informal foreign and security policy cooperation formats known as the N5 (the Nordic countries) and the NB8 (the Nordic and Baltic countries).

Sweden’s priorities as coordinator of the N5 and NB8 are reinforcing Nordic and Nordic-Baltic security policy cooperation, reaffirming the unwavering support for Ukraine in the region and reaching out globally in support for Ukraine. 

“In a time of geopolitical challenges and a changed security situation in our neighbourhood, Nordic and Nordic-Baltic cooperation are more important than ever. We are stronger and our message reaches further when we speak with one voice. We want to use that voice to discuss the challenges and opportunities that our global partners are facing and how we can cooperate more closely on these issues”, says Mr Billström.

The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official body for intergovernmental cooperation in the Nordic region on issues such as the labour market, sustainable development, digitalisation, food systems, innovation and culture. The programme for the Swedish Presidency is based on the vision of the Nordic region being the world’s most integrated and sustainable region by 2030. 

“During the Swedish Presidency of the Council of Ministers, we will focus in particular on measures to improve cross-border mobility and integration. It should be easy to live, study, work and operate a business anywhere in the Nordic region and across its borders, which is why the Government is now stepping up the work to eliminate barriers to cross-border mobility and integration. We will continue to strive to ensure that the region remains a leader in the green transition, and a globally competitive and socially sustainable region”, says Ms Roswall. 

Sweden as coordinator of the NB8 and N5

In 2024, Sweden will coordinate the informal foreign and security cooperation formats of the Nordic and Baltic countries (NB8) and the Nordic countries (N5). Read about Sweden’s priorities:

Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers

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