European policy

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.

EØS- og EU-minister Frank Bakke-Jensen.

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.

Illustrasjon: UD

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.

EØS-midlene er Norges bidrag til å utjevne sosiale og økonomiske forskjeller i Europa. Foto: Christophe van der Eecken

EEA and Norway Grants

These pages provide information on Norway's contribution to reducing social and economic disparities within the European Economic Area (EEA).


Nordic flags. Photo: Søren Sigfusson

Happy anniversary, Nordic countries!

The Helsinki Treaty – the foundation of Nordic cooperation – was signed 55 years ago today. This anniversary is being celebrated with events and flags flying throughout the region. ‘Strategic Nordic cooperation is absolutely essential,’ said Frank Bakke-Jensen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs and Minister for Nordic Cooperation, who is celebrating the occasion in Trondheim.

Ambassadør Helen Campbell ved EUs delegasjon i Oslo samlet 25 EU-ambassadører for et lunsjmøte med Bakke-Jensen. Det var en god anledning til de utsendte fra EU-landene til å bli bedre kjent med statsråden samt til å diskutere temaer som samarbeid mellom Norge/EØS og EU, handel og energispørsmål, brexit og nordisk samarbeid. Foto: Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde, UD

Speech to the EU ambassadors

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.


Norway and Malta sign new agreements

Norway and Malta have signed new agreements on Norway's contribution to social inclusion and poverty reduction. Refugees and migrants will be an important target group.

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The Government's work programme for cooperation with the EU in 2017.


The United Kingdom withdrawal from the EU: Initial assessment – selected points

An overview of some key areas for Norway that will be affected by the forthcoming negotiations.

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Norway and the EU - Partners for Europe

This brochure will tell you more about the areas in which Norway and the EU cooperate, and the extent of our cooperation.