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.


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

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