Department for European Affairs and International Trade

The Department for European Affairs and International Trade is responsible for Norway’s relations with the European Union, including matters relating to the EEA Agreement, the Schengen cooperation, justice and home affairs, and cooperation with EU institutions. It is also responsible for: matters relating to global migration; coordination of Norway’s approach in relation to the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy; follow-up of the Government’s Strategy for Cooperation with the EU and of Norway’s European policy; analysis of European policy issues; Nordic cooperation; bilateral relations with all European countries, including the Balkan countries and Turkey; coordination of work relating to the EEA and Norway Grants; and leading the work on Brexit within the Foreign Ministry and in the government administration as a whole.

The Department is also responsible for safeguarding Norwegian economic interests through international trade-related processes under the WTO and the OECD.

The department is headed by Director General Niels Engelschiøn.

The department consists of the following sections

  • European Policy Section

    Norway's European policy. Analysis of political, economic and institutional developments in the EU. Contact with the following EU institutions: the European Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the rotating EU Presidency. Coordination of Norwegian cooperation with the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). The EU's neighbourhood policy. The Euro cooperation and the financial, debt and bank crisis. European policy from a domestic perspective. Country responsibility for Germany, France, the UK, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Benelux and Vatican City State.

  • Nordic–Baltic Section

    Nordic cooperation including Nordic foreign policy cooperation and Nordic cooperation on European affairs. Responsibility for the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Minister for Nordic Cooperation. Nordic-Baltic cooperation. Responsibility for the Baltic Sea Cooperation. Responsibility for climate and energy policy in relation to the EU. Country responsibility for Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

  • Section for EEA Affairs

    Current EEA matters. Incorporation of EU legislation. Secretariat for the Government’s European policy coordination committee. Justice and home affairs matters including Schengen. The Section for EEA and Schengen Affairs will be the secretariat for the two inter-ministerial liaison committees, on EEA matters and on justice and home affairs, respectively. Relations with the Efta institutions. The section is responsible for coordinating the Government’s work on Brexit. Country responsibility for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and for Andorra, Monaco and San Marino. The Unit for EEA Translation Services is organised under the section.

  • Section for Central Europe and the EEA Norway Grants

    Management of the EEA and Norway Grants, including policy development and negotiation of bilateral agreements with the beneficiary countries. Cooperation with the Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels. Support for all other sections with country responsibility for EEA and Norway Grants beneficiary countries. Represents the Department in and vis-à-vis the Financial Mechanism Committee. Responsibility for Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

  • Section for South East Europe

    Norway’s bilateral relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, North-Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. Responsible for development cooperation funds to countries eligible for overseas development cooperation (ODA), as well as to Cyprus. EU enlargement. Energy and security policy.

  • Section for Trade Policy and Economic Analysis

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