Norway’s relations with Europe
It is in Norway’s national interest to cooperate closely with the EU and to participate actively in the ongoing political processes in Europe. In order to successfully influence important decisions, Norway must be more clear and assertive, and more active in the early stages of debate on issues of European policy.
The Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) is the cornerstone of relations between Norway and the EU. It brings together the 28 EU member states and the three EEA Efta states Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in the internal market governed by the same basic rules.
Norway participates in key aspects of EU cooperation in the area of justice and home affairs, of which the Schengen cooperation is the most important. As a Schengen member state, we are part of an internal free-travel area with a common external border.
Norway and the EU enjoy close cooperation on foreign policy matters. The Government follows the EU’s common foreign policy closely in order to seek coordination and cooperation in areas where this can help to safeguard Norwegian interests.
Minister of EEA and EU affairs, Frank Bakke Jensen's, met with the EU ambassadors in Oslo 21 February – invited by Hele Campbell from the EU delegation. The minister gave a speech and had an excellent opportunity for direct contact with the ambassadors.
' We hope that the work programme for 2017 will be a useful tool for all those who are interested in developments in Europe and in how we can best contribute, while at the same time safeguarding Norway’s interests in our cooperation with the EU', says Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Frank Bakke-Jensen.
The European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement ensures that Norway can take part in the EU single market, and thus benefit from the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital. It guarantees non-discrimination and equal rules and competition throughout the EEA.
Guidelines/brochures Date: 2015-03-18
Norway shares a common set of values with the EU and its member states, and we are working together to find joint solutions to common challenges.
The European Economic Area – binding together the EU and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
The strategy sets out the priorities of the Government’s European policy: increased competitiveness and greater value creation, higher quality education and research, an ambitious climate and energy policy, enhanced security, and a global approach to migration.