The agreement contains a number of restrictive covenants arising from Norway and the EU`s accession to NATO in Finland. Under the Organization`s statutes, the reciprocal co-operation obligations of NATO member states prevail over all other agreements in the event of an emergency. The Nordic Council was directed outwards to the Arctic, the Baltic Sea, Europe and Canada. The bridge between Sweden and Denmark has resulted in a major border crossing, which has led to new efforts to remove barriers.  However, the tasks and functions originally planned by the Nordic Council are partially suspended due to significant overlaps with the EU and the EEA. In 2008, Iceland began EU accession negotiations, but decided to cancel them in 2015.  Unlike the Benelux countries, the Treaty on european Union does not provide for any explicit provision that takes into account Nordic cooperation. However, the treaties provide that international agreements concluded by Member States prior to their accession to the Union remain valid even if they violate the provisions of EU law. However, each Member State must take all necessary measures to remedy any differences as quickly as possible.
In practice, therefore, Nordic cooperation can only be organised to the extent that it is compatible with EU law.  nordics.info Aarhus University Jens Chr. Skous Vej 5 8000 Aarhus C Denmark Finland and Norway negotiated a bilateral framework agreement on security of supply. In this context, the parties can enter into more specific agreements. The overall objective of the agreement is to ensure the reciprocal availability of goods and services in the event of domestic disruptions and international crises. As part of the agreement, the parties can enter into sectoral agreements and decide to take joint preparedness measures where appropriate. After a slow start, the committee established as part of the agreement begins to produce practical results. Formal – or institutionalised – Nordic cooperation takes place both within the framework of the Nordic Council, the Parliamentarians` Forum for Cooperation, and within the framework of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Government Forum. Nordic cooperation covers the five Nordic countries as well as the Féoes Islands, Greenland and the island. The Helsingfors Convention of 1 July 1962 formed the legal basis for cooperation.
Nordic Council – The Forum of Parliamentarians for Cooperation The Nordic Council, established in 1952, is composed of 87 members elected by their respective parliaments. As members of the Danish and Finnish delegations, parliamentarians from Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the island of Aland participate. The Office is responsible for day-to-day management; it consists of a president, a vice-president and 12 other members. The Nordic Council`s mission is to take initiatives and advise northern ministers and monitor the implementation by northern governments of decisions on northern cooperation. The Council meets annually in plenary session, where government representatives participate in debates on current northern issues. Learn more about the Nordic Council. Nordic Council of Ministers – the Government Cooperation Forum As a result, Denmark and Norway applied for membership of the EEC and, in 1971, the Nordic Council of Ministers was established to ensure continued Nordic cooperation.  In 1970, representatives of the Faroe Islands and the island were allowed to participate in the Nordic Council as part of the Danish and Finnish delegations.
 Norway refused to join the EEC in 1972, while Denmark acted as a bridge between the EEC and Scandinavia.  In 1973, Finland, although it did not choose to be a full member of the EEC, also negotiated with the EEC a free trade agreement which, in practice, imposed tariffs from 1977, although there were transitional periods until 1985 for certain products.