Nordic consumer organizations, government agencies and authorities have collaborated on educational issues since the 1960s. Over the last ten years, collaboration in the sector of consumer education has been extended to the Baltic States.
Nordic-Estonian Consumer Education group is established in 2007 as an informal cooperation group. The main purpose of the NE-group is to promote consumer education, co-ordinate projects and create bi-lateral networks (universities and state authorities) within the field of consumer education. The actions of the group are based on the document: Teaching Consumer Competences, a Strategy for Consumer Education (2009) and its appendix Consumer competence for children and adolescents—objectives for teaching (2013). The strategy and the appendix of it strategy are designed to enhance consumer education and the teaching of consumer competences and to help curriculum planners, educators, teachers and trainers. It also has the aim of encouraging development of competences and learning environments.
Following persons are behind the actions of Nordic-Estonian Consumer Education group:
- Estonia: Anne-Mai Helemäe, Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority
- Finland: Taina Mäntylä, The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority
- Sweden: Anita Forsnäsgård, Consumer Agency of Sweden