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The Baltic Assembly, the Nordic Council and the Benelux Parliament will hold a joint virtual conference on Friday 21 May. The main theme of the meeting is security and defence cooperation. The conference will discuss, among other things, the changing threats to cyber security and preparedness for a rapidly evolving digital environment. MP Jouni Ovaska (Centre Party Parliamentary Group) will attend the meeting and will speak on cyber security. Cyber security will be one of the key topics at the session of the Nordic Council in June.
The Nordic Council, the Baltic Assembly, and the Benelux Parliament have a long history of cooperation. The three parliamentary assemblies share the same values and work to strengthen democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Europe.
The Nordic Council is the official body for formal inter-parliamentary co-operation. Formed in 1952, it has 87 members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. In the Nordic Council meetings, Nordic politicians make decisions on issues that they call on the Nordic governments to implement. Finland joined the organisation in 1955. 18 Finnish MPs are members of the Nordic Council which has also two representatives from Åland. The members of the Finnish delegation to the Nordic Council participate in the work of the Nordic Council's Committees and Presidium throughout the year.