Since 1992 the Nordic-Baltic format, known as NB8, has brought the five Nordic countries and the three Baltic states around the same table. NB8 is an informal cooperation format whose objective is to produce open discussions on regional and international topics. Over the years, many regular departmental and high-level meetings have emerged from this format. Every year the cooperation is led by one of the NB8 countries. Estonia’s role as coordinator commenced on January 1st 2014 and will end on December 31st 2014.