North South Ministerial Council


The North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) was established under the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (1998), to develop consultation, co-operation and action within the island of Ireland.

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North South Implementation Bodies

Areas of Co-Operation

In each of the six Areas of Co-Operation common policies and approaches are agreed in the North South Ministerial Council but implemented separately in each jurisdiction.


Common Agricultural Policy issues, animal and plant health policy and research rural development

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Education for children with special needs, educational under-achievement, teacher qualifications and school, youth and teacher exchanges

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Environment protection, pollution, water quality management and waste management in a cross-border content

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Accident and emergency planning, co-operation on high technology equipment, cancer research and health promotion

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Tourism including Tourism Ireland

The promotion of the island of Ireland overseas as a  tourist destination via the establishment of a new company, known as Tourism Ireland

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Co-operation on a strategic transport planning in road and rail infrastructure and public transport services and road and rail safety

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North South Ministerial Council
Joint Secretariat
58 Upper English Street
BT61 7LG
Telephone: (028/048) 3751 8068

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