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.
Norway’s relations with Europe
The EU is Norway’s most important trading partner, and EU policy has an impact on many sectors of Norwegian society.
The European Economic Area Agreement
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.
EEA and Norway Grants
These pages provide information on Norway's contribution to reducing social and economic disparities within the European Economic Area (EEA).
Increased support for the Western Balkans
‘We cannot take stability in the Western Balkans for granted. The Government is therefore proposing an increase of around NOK 55 million in the allocations to the Western Balkan countries, bringing our support for the region to just over NOK 374 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide when the National Budget was presented.
Norway strengthening cooperation with Greece
Norway and Greece have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on funding totalling EUR 116.7 million under the EEA and Norway Grants. Job creation and business development will be a new and important priority area. The agreement also builds on experience gained in the field of asylum and migration.
Huge interest in boosting youth employment
More than 300 project proposals were submitted to the new EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment by the deadline in August. The objective of the fund is to support innovative pilot projects to help young people gain a foothold in the labour market.
An overview of some key areas for Norway that will be affected by the forthcoming negotiations.