Published under: Solberg's Government
Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 EU is Norway’s most important trading partner, and EU policy has an impact on many sectors of Norwegian society.
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.
These pages provide information on Norway's contribution to reducing social and economic disparities within the European Economic Area (EEA).
Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker's biannual address to the Storting on important EU and EEA matters - 19 May 2016.
‘Norway has longstanding and close ties with the EU. We cooperate on a broad range of policy areas through a number of agreements. The EEA Agreement is the mainstay of Norway’s European policy,' said Minister for EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker.
'In the coming years, the EEA and Norway Grants will primarily be used to promote innovation and growth in Europe through cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries,' said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker.